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Focus40 Presents: The Ideas of March

Join the Focus40 team for an interactive Open House on Wednesday, March 15th, 5 to 8 PM, at the MIT Media Lab, Building E14, 75 Amherst Street.

View the entire The Ideas of March blog post.

We hope you can join us on March 15th. Until then, please visit the project website for more information.

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March 10, 2017

Methuen Rotary Project Progress

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The Methuen Rotary Project to replace the rotary with a new interchange continues to show progress in spring 2017.

MassDOT is transforming the Methuen Rotary area. Major improvements at the I-93 and Route 110/Route 113 Interchange, also known as the Methuen Rotary, are replacing the rotary with a partial cloverleaf interchange. The reconfiguration will address traffic congestion and safety issues.

During the month of March 2017, construction continues at the I-93/Routes 110 and 113 Interchange where MassDOT has removed the rotary. Activities include placement of median concrete deck sections at the I-93 bridge over Riverside Drive along with work on barriers, utilities, drainage and lighting.

Area residents and travelers should expect work hours during the daytime on I-93 along with nighttime work between 8pm and 5am.

Single lane closures can be expected between 5:30am and 2pm, with double lane closures during overnight hours between 10pm and 5am.

Please visit the project website for the latest information on construction and traffic impacts.

MBTA: Positive Train Control Technology Update

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The MBTA's Positive Train Control Program staff this week presented updates about the Program to the Fiscal and Management Control Board.

The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 defines a Positive Train Control System as a safety system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and movement of trains through track switches that may have been left in the incorrect position.

All systems are generally comprised of the same components, including an on-board apparatus for the locomotive controlling each applicable train, wayside devices (such as Wayside Interface Units), a centralized dispatch system in a back office, and a communication system that links all components.

An Implementation Plan has been submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration that provides for the installation of hardware on all Commuter Rail lines and two pilot lines (Stoughton and Lowell Lines) by the end of 2018 with full PTC implementation by December 31, 2020.

In order to meet the implementation deadline, complete and unencumbered access to the right of way will be required with some simultaneous weekend service suspensions proposed on the Commuter Rail beginning in summer 2017 and into 2018 for the Lowell, Haverhill, Newburyport, Needham, Fairmount, Rockport, Fitchburg, Franklin, and Worcester Lines as well as the Wildcat Branch. Simultaneous weekend shutdowns of the entire Lowell and Haverhill Lines will begin in July 2017. No weekend shutdowns will be required of the Greenbush, Middleborough, Providence, or Kingston/Plymouth Lines.

Check the MBTA website for more information.

MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange

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State and local transportation professionals from across Massachusetts this week shared new ideas about transportation technology at the annual MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange in Worcester.

MassDOT Secretary Pollack and Highway Administrator Tinlin joined MassDOT leaders and representatives from transportation contractors and others at the Exchange, which included more than 30 breakout sessions reviewing the latest methods and technologies.

The event is open each year to all transportation professionals including MassDOT, municipalities, consultants, contractors, vendors and manufacturers.

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