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Governor Charlie Baker

MassDOT April
Board Meeting

April 10, 2017
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance: Focus on the Road, Avoid Distractions
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MassDOT and MAPFRE Insurance join the National Safety Council in getting the word out to drivers to put away all distractions before you get behind the wheel. Staying focused on the road can mean the difference between arriving to your destination safely and not arriving at all.

View the entire Distracted Driving Awareness blog post.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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April 7, 2017

Sumner Tunnel Toll Plaza Demolition and Reconstruction Public Meeting

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MassDOT will host a Sumner Tunnel Entrance Reconstruction and Toll Plaza Demolition Project Public Information Meeting as follows:

Wednesday, April 12th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
East Boston High School Auditorium
86 White Street, East Boston

The meeting will include information about the proposed design of the tunnel entrance and toll booth elimination, which will begin at a later date.

MassDOT will discuss the design and construction process including: timeline of the toll booth demolition process, the alternatives analysis for the design of the Sumner Tunnel entrance, and construction impacts such as traffic and noise, material disposition and other project related issues. This meeting will ensure that users of the Sumner Tunnel and neighboring communities are fully informed about the project and design and construction process to minimize any public inconvenience.

A copy of the presentation will be available on the Toll Demolition Project website

Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email: AETinfo@dot.state.ma.us


South Coast Rail Project Change Public Meeting Next Week

MassDOT and the MBTA invite you to a Public Meeting on the South Coast Rail Notice of Project Change as follows:

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 PM, University of Massachusetts School of Law, Francis J. Larkin Moot Courtroom, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth

MassDOT filed an SCR Notice of Project Change (NPC) on March 15, 2017, to adopt a phased approach to provide early service, years before revenue service is currently considered to be possible. Phase 1 will provide service from New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton to Boston by building the Southern Triangle, and using the Middleborough Secondary line and the existing Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail line. For Phase 2, MassDOT will continue to advance the full Stoughton Electric Alternative design.

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Please read more about the project, download the NPC and the public meeting flyer, and learn how to comment on the project website.

The NPC can also be found:

Written comments must be submitted by April 21, 2017 to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office. Please contact the project team with any questions at SouthCoastRail@dot.state.ma.us


Massachusetts Freight Plan Third Open House Set

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MassDOT is hosting the third Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan as follows:

Monday, April 24, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Large Conference Room (2nd Floor), 60 Congress Street, Springfield

MassDOT’s Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the freight system in Massachusetts and identify solutions to current and future challenges to the freight system.

At the Open House, the public can learn about and discuss freight issues and trends with industry experts, and provide input on the Freight Plan development.

The third Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting will take place immediately before the Open House on April 24 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the same location and is open to the public.

View the meeting flyer for more information.

Visit the Freight Plan website for more information and to view the Freight Plan Technical Memorandum and sign up for e-mail updates.


Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day: May 3rd

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The day is fast approaching! Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd. Hundreds of events will occur all over the state, with thousands of students walking or riding their bikes to school.

Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day is a statewide event organized through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). Last year, the Commonwealth set a record with nearly 300 schools participating in events throughout the state. This year, we hope to set a new record, as we invite schools to participate by registering their events.

Schools around Massachusetts, in urban, suburban, and rural communities are planning events to help increase the visibility of walking and biking in Massachusetts, while showcasing the benefits of healthy transportation. It’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the event. Schools should plan their events according to what best suits their community’s needs.

If your community needs help organizing an event, your SRTS outreach coordinator will be more than happy to help. Email Erin.Reed@dot.state.ma.us if you are unsure of who your outreach coordinator is.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) works with students, parents, school staff, and local police departments across the Commonwealth to promote safe walking and bicycling through the five E’s: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation.

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