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April 11
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Suite 3830
Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT Provides
"Largest Travel Time Network in the U.S."

MassDOT "Go Time" real-time traffic information sign installation continues this year in locations along state roads across the Commonwealth.

The signs provide travel time information for drivers and will allow MassDOT to collect valuable traffic data. According to MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack, the signs will be a convenience for motorists while providing traffic information that will help identify and alleviate traffic problems and bottlenecks.

The Rhode Island firm that manufactured the signs describes the sign technology and unprecedented scope of the “Go Time” project:

"SES America, Inc. (SESA) has completed the manufacturing of over three hundred (300) solar-powered embedded dynamic message signs to be installed as part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's "Go Time" project. Once completed, the project will provide the largest travel time network available in any state in the U.S., allowing motorists across the Commonwealth to instantly access travel time data on major corridors across the region."

Check out the SESA blog to learn more.

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April 8

MBTA Dashboard Performance Reports Draw Public Response

In its first week the MBTA’s online Dashboard has been accessed by at least 11,000 individuals, drawing several thousand unique page views and positive responses on social media.

Dashboard helps the public track the daily reliability levels of the T’s four subway lines and all 170 bus routes. It also gives performance data for all four branches of the Green Line. It gives the public the ability to look at the reliability of lines or routes for an entire day, or just during rush-hour periods.

Five days after its initial launch, the Dashboard had 11,595 unique visitors and 16,929 page views.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said the Dashboard is part of a wider outreach effort to provide customers with information that is easy to access and to use. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board pledged late last year to provide the public with more information regarding T services.

"We have an obligation to inform the public and to offer a customer-service oriented online experience that helps them plan their daily commute," said Secretary Pollack.

There are more than a million passenger trips each weekday on the MBTA bus and subway systems.

The MBTA Performance Dashboard at www.mbtabackontrack.com will have monthly updates on ridership and budget information. In addition, the site will include survey responses from several thousand individuals who are involved in regular communications with the MBTA about their trips and overall experiences on bus, subway, commuter rail, and ferry routes.

Last week’s launch was only a first step for the Dashboard. In the coming months, the public will see a series of enhancements to the existing metrics and additional information, such as spending on capital improvement projects.


Green Line Extension Public Meetings

MassDOT and the MBTA next week will continue a series of Green Line Extension public meetings.

As part of a current re-evaluation of the extension, the public is invited to share their ideas about the project.

The GLX project is proposed to extend the MBTA Green Line from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford. The re-evaluation of the project was launched due to significant cost overruns, and the re-evaluation is expected to be completed and submitted to the T’s Fiscal & Management Control Board in May.

The following is the schedule of upcoming public meetings:

Wednesday, April 13th, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Open House. 6:30pm-9:00pm
Presentation and Q&A, Somerville High School Auditorium
81 Highland Avenue - Somerville

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Open House. 6:30pm-9:00pm
Presentation and Q&A, St. Anthony's School Hall
400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue - Cambridge

Thursday, May 5th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Open House. 6:30pm-9:00pm
Presentation and Q&A, St. Clement's Parish Hall
579 Boston Avenue – Medford


MBTA: Developer Selected for North Quincy Parking Lot Project

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted unanimously Monday to approve lease rights to the firms Bozzuto Development and Atlantic Development so the firms may design and build a mixed use project on MBTA land at the North Quincy Red Line Station.

The winning bid for the project from Bozzuto and Atlantic was one of three bids under consideration. In addition to creating a large, transit-oriented development that will spur economic growth for the city of Quincy, the project also generates own-source revenue for the MBTA. Bozzuto/Atlantic’s offer will pay the MBTA approximately $230 million over the course of a 99-year lease.

The project will generate significant new tax revenue for the city of Quincy - estimated at $1.5 million - and a $5.7 million contribution to the city's affordable housing fund.

The property is approximately 295,000 square feet, and includes 852 surface parking spaces. It is bordered on the east by Hancock Street, and on the south by West Squantum Street. As part of the project, the developer will build a new parking garage which replaces the 852 surface spaces that will be owned by the T. During the construction phase, parking accommodations will be made when work impacts the current parking area off Hancock Street.

An invitation to bid for the property was released on July 1, 2015.

It is anticipated that the permitting and design process will take approximately one to two years, with construction possible in 2018. The MBTA has additional parking lot space on Newport Avenue, and will work with the developer to limit parking-related impacts during construction.

Bozzuto is a privately held residential real estate company and Atlantic is a firm based in Hingham which has been involved in many non-MBTA projects previously.


Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension Moves Forward

MassDOT announced that construction has begun for the 1.2 mile extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail from Hoosac Street to Lime Street in the town of Adams.

The project has been uniquely designed to share the rail corridor with the town’s newly-restored Berkshire Scenic Railroad which is currently scheduled to resume service in May. Upon completion, passenger service along a rebuilt section of rail will extend down to the Adams Visitor Center alongside the newly constructed trail.

"I know from my ride on the Ashuwillticook last year what a wonderful resource this is," said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. "MassDOT is investing in projects like this to provide residents and visitors with more options for walking and biking."

The $2.2 million project will construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail extension north of the previously constructed Ashuwillticook Trail. The trail is located along the abandoned Boston and Albany Railroad and is approximately 5,954 feet in length, extending northerly from Hoosac Street to Lime Street.

The existing 11 mile Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that runs from the Pittsfield/Lanesborough line to the Adams Visitor Center was originally constructed in two phases, completed in 2001 and 2004. Since that time, various planning efforts have been expended to extend this very popular rail trail further north and south. As a result of these planning efforts, there are at least three distinct projects that are actively on-going to extend the trail.

In addition to the current project, the town is also embarking on a design effort that would extend the rail trail an additional 1.8 miles further north to Hodges Cross Road in North Adams. This proposed extension is anticipated for construction within the next several years.

The City of Pittsfield is also currently designing a 1.5 mile extension of the rail trail south to Crane Avenue, with construction anticipated within the next two years.

When these three extensions are complete, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will be approximately 40% longer, providing wider access to the rail trail from Pittsfield, the county seat, and North Adams.


Everett Transit Action Plan Meeting: April 13

MassDOT is hosting an Everett Transit Action Plan Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Edward G. Connolly Center, 90 Chelsea Street.

Project planning staff will present:

  • A complete list of potential transit improvements
  • Initial evaluations of improvements, based on project goals
  • Improvements warranting further evaluation
  • Potential short term recommendations

We have received feedback from you and your fellow transit riders on potential improvements to transit service in Everett and have come up with a full list of potential ideas. Our staff has done a preliminary evaluation of all of these ideas and is now looking for your reactions to our results. MassDOT, City of Everett, and project team staff will be at the meeting and look forward to hearing your feedback. Your participation is needed to help us ensure that we are on the right track to recommend the best improvements for Everett!

A presentation followed by a question and answer session will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.

Meeting flyers are available on the project website in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. Please share them with anyone you think might be interested in this project.

Visit the project website to sign up for email alerts, view presentations and materials from past meetings, and learn more about this important project. For questions or concerns, please email Jennifer Slesinger, MassDOT Project Manager, at Jennifer.Slesinger@state.ma.us or call 857-368-9800.

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