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February 10
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Boston, MA 02150
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You are invited to share and learn the newest ideas in transportation technology by attending MassDOT's Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange for 2016.

March 8 & 9

At the DCU Center in Worcester

The event is open to all transportation professionals including MassDOT, municipalities, consultants, contractors, vendors and manufacturers. To learn more, register to attend, or become an exhibitor or sponsor, visit the Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange website.

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February 5

MBTA Fare Proposals Public Meetings Continue Next Week

The MBTA will continue a series of public meetings on proposed fare changes and commuter rail service changes.

The gatherings will be an opportunity to offer recorded comments, which will be considered by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board and MassDOT.

A series of 10 public meetings on fare changes will be followed by a vote of the Board, which is anticipated to occur in March. The Board will consider public input on two possible scenarios.

Fare adjustments are just one part of a broader effort by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to close the T’s projected $242 million deficit for FY17 with a series of cost cutting measures and improvements in operational efficiency.

The T has created an online Fare Options Comparison tool to give customers the opportunity to calculate fares under the proposed changes as follows:

Comments may also be submitted using the tool.

Written comments about the MBTA fare proposals will be accepted through Friday, February 12, and can be mailed to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee; online at mbta.com; by email at fareproposal@mbta.com or by phone at (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.


Baker-Polito Administration Launches Complete Streets Funding Program

The Baker-Polito Administration and Massachusetts Department of Transportation today announced a $12.5 million Complete Streets Funding Program and online program portal in an effort to encourage cities and towns in the Commonwealth to design and construct projects to make street networks safer and more efficient for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and users of mass transit.

The new Complete Streets effort follows a robust, year-long stakeholder engagement process to gather feedback from municipal representatives, advocates and state agency representatives and focuses one-third of the funding on municipalities below the state median household income level.

"We are proud to offer communities this opportunity to improve the accessibility of neighborhoods, retail areas, and city and town centers, making them more accommodating to people of all ages regardless of their method of transportation," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Complete Streets designs encourage more environmentally friendly ways of travel, support safe pathways for commuters and the traveling public, and allow each community to approach their own unique and specific needs."

A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities. The Complete Streets Funding Program includes three primary requirements that deem a municipality eligible for up to $50,000 for technical assistance, and up to $400,000 for construction funding with additional consideration in the qualification process for Community Compact communities.

"We are excited to launch the Complete Streets Funding Program to support municipalities and strengthen local transportation networks," said Lieutenant Governor Polito. "Through Complete Streets and the Community Compact program, we are committed to continuing our local partnerships and investing in transportation improvements for our cities and towns."

"It is wonderful that we can help with providing resources to continue encouraging safe, healthy, and sustainable transportation for cities and towns throughout the state," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "Authorized by the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill, the objective of this program is to provide an incentive for municipalities to adopt Complete Streets Policies and best practices, and the funding program is a key component in making the program a success."

Online Portal and Program Guidance and Training

MassDOT has developed a full Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document that explains the program requirements, model policy guidance and scoring system, and eligible infrastructure. A two way interactive online portal has been developed to guide and assist municipalities through the Policy Development, Prioritization Plan and Project Approval Tiers of the program.

Please visit the Complete Streets website to register and begin the process of becoming a Complete Streets Eligible municipality.

MassDOT provides statewide Complete Streets 101 training sessions through the BayState Roads Program that include basic design concepts and an overview of the Complete Streets Funding Program requirements. To date, over a third (130) of the Commonwealth’s municipalities and six regional planning agency representatives have attended training. Seventeen additional classes are scheduled with more being added continually. To register for a session, please visit Baystate Roads' website.


Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage Construction Begins February 11

MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), anticipates setting up the final configuration of Stage 3 construction for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project by Thursday, February 11, 2016. The shift of the tracks to their temporary positions was completed over a series of MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversions. The relocation of the large barrier fence along the tracks will be completed February 1.

The installation of the upstream "Salt and Pepper" towers, hampered by the cold temperatures of mid-January, is complete with the last stones installed. Now that the towers are complete, removal of the staging is underway, followed by the placement of concrete sidewalks and curbs adjacent to the towers. Once the sidewalks and curbs are in place, the final sections of temporary fence needed for the new upstream bicycle lane can be installed.

WSC anticipates the final set up for the upstream bicycle lane will be complete by the end of the day on Thursday, February 11, 2016, when inbound and outbound bike travel is shifted. Stage 3 work will take approximately eight months to complete.

Travel Configuration - All bike travel, both inbound and outbound, will be shifted to the sidewalk on the upstream side of the bridge on February 11. During this stage, inbound vehicles and all pedestrians will continue to use the downstream side of the bridge.

MBTA Red Line Configuration - The construction of the temporary outbound Red Line track (called a “shoo-fly”) on the roadway is complete. The outbound trains were shifted to the shoo-fly track and the inbound trains were shifted to the old outbound track in mid-January. This shift allows WSC to rehabilitate the bridge under the current location of the MBTA inbound tracks.

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using the existing signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway (Route 28)/Charles River Dam Road and Land Boulevard.

For more information, visit the project website For questions related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.


Everett Transit Action Plan: Community Meeting Set

Everett Transit Action Plan 1st open house attendees in November 2015 place game chips in jars to vote on their top transit priorities.

MassDOT is hosting the second community meeting and open house on the Everett Transit Action Plan on Thursday, February 11 at the Connolly Center in Everett.

Stop in for the Open House anytime between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM to learn about the study, see the range of transit improvement ideas received to date, and to share your thoughts and ideas.

At 6:30 PM, project staff will present a summary of the alternatives being considered to improve Everett’s public transportation, including:

  • More early morning, late evening or weekend service
  • Using the Chelsea Silver Line Busway for direct access from Everett to Logan Airport and the Seaport
  • Making the 104/109 bus route one of the MBTA Key Bus Routes
  • Dedicated bus lanes on Broadway for faster service to Sullivan Square
  • Rerouting the 112 bus route to improve access to Chelsea
  • Exploring public/private partnerships to improve transit in support of new development

Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and share additional ideas after the presentation.

Check out the project website for more information and to sign up for email updates. For questions or comments regarding the Everett Transit Action Plan, please contact Jennifer Slesinger, MassDOT Project Manager, at Jennifer.Slesinger@state.ma.us or (857) 368-9800.

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