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April 15

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Scheduled

MassDOT will hold a series of meetings throughout the state to solicit public input on its draft five-year, multi-billion dollar Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for long-term highway, aeronautics, rail and transit investments.

The meetings will begin April 25, in Fitchburg, and run through the month of May. This program makes long-term, multi-modal investments that cover all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, municipal and regional airports, rail and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities, as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

You are invited to review the CIP presentation. Public comments may be submitted via email:

The CIP for FY2017-2021 includes funding for the following initiatives:

  • $2 billion bridge program that will reduce the proportion of bridges that are structurally deficient to under 5%
  • $50 million Municipal Bridge Program
  • 60% increase in spending on non-interstate highway pavement in response to recent asset management report.
  • $60 million to fund high priority projects from upcoming bicycle and pedestrian modal plans.
  • Programs funding to complete federally-required Positive Train Control on commuter rail system.
  • Programs the funding needed for the state share of the Green Line Extension (GLX) Full Funding Grant Agreement.
  • Funds the continuance of South Coast Rail early action projects, advancing design, and beginning permitting.
  • Programs $15 million for the continuation of the Industrial Rail Access Program.
  • Invests in over $200 million in reliability improvements at the Commonwealth’s municipal airports.

Check the complete Public meeting schedule.

MassDOT RMV: Updated Spanish Language Manual Now Available

The MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division announced the availability of an updated version of its Spanish language Driver’s Manual in branches around the Commonwealth and online - see the links below.

"We recognize the significant Spanish speaking population in the Commonwealth and the Registry is pleased to offer an updated translation of the manual," said Registrar Erin C. Deveney. "We are committed to equipping customers with new motor vehicle law and rule information to help increase safety for all roadway users."

The manual includes information on obtaining and keeping a license, special driving conditions, driving safety, the rules of the road, and motor vehicle ownership and motor vehicle operation

The RMV will be distributing these updated Spanish language Driver's Manuals to all 30 of its branch locations based on customer demand and to better serve Spanish speaking customers.

The Driver's Manual/Manual Del Conductor is available in print for $5.00 and can be purchased in any RMV branch.

Customers can save a trip to the branch by downloading the free, fully accessible, manuals:

The RMV produces the Driver's Manual to better prepare new drivers with important driving rules and information as they prepare to obtain their permit or license in Massachusetts. The Driver’s Manual also serves as a valuable tool to update experienced drivers on important law changes and rules of the road.

The Registry also offers learners permit testing in 27 different languages. Visit for more information on available permit testing languages.

MBTA: Continuing Drop in Overtime Spending, Absenteeism Rates

For the first three months of 2016, MBTA overtime expenses, rates of absenteeism and dropped trips were all down sharply, according to MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve.

Spending on operating overtime dropped by 50 percent compared to the same period last year, and 27 percent compared with the daily average for 2015. The average actual overtime expense per day was $113,000 for the first quarter of 2016, down from a daily average of $154,000 in 2015, and $226,000 from January through March 2015. The actual number of overtime hours was down 48 percent from this time last year. Operating overtime spending fell $10.2 million in the first quarter as compared to the previous year’s first quarter (from $20.5 million to $10.3 million).

A new leave and attendance policy was instituted on January 1st. It requires employees to follow strict call-in procedures and for managers to carefully log unscheduled absences, with FMLA denials in cases where employees fail to provide timely and complete medical certification. Data shows the percentage of employees taking days off using the federal Family and Medical Leave Act is down by 20 percent. Thanks, in large part to the new policy, the MBTA restored 10,000 days of worker productivity. The total number of work days lost to unscheduled absences is down nearly 25 percent compared to this time last year, from 40,296 days lost in the first quarter of last year to 30,300 days lost in this year’s first quarter. The average number of unscheduled days per employee dropped from 6.2 to 4.6 – a 25.5 percent decline.

Bus and train operator unscheduled absenteeism rates also dropped by 28 percent overall compared to all of FY15. Full-time bus operator unscheduled absences were down 31 percent, while weekday dropped trips for buses were down 40 percent. Weekday rail dropped trips were down 33 percent.

These reductions indicate progress in ongoing efforts to bend the MBTA’s long-term spending curve from the red toward achieving a balanced budget, said Chief Administrator Shortsleeve.

"This shows our efforts to make the T a more efficient and productive organization are succeeding," said Shortsleeve. "Controlling costs allows us to invest more into the system, which will result in improved service for our customers."

MBTA: Patriots' Day-Marathon Monday Information

The MBTA expects thousands of extra riders for the 2016 Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 18. Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from the Marathon and are advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information on the day of the race.

The MBTA will enhance service to rush-hour levels before and after the race on April 18. Pre-marathon events are also scheduled the weekend before the race, which will result in adjustments to various bus routes in and around Copley Square. On Marathon Monday, various bus routes on both the North and South sides will be detoured.

Copley Station will be closed for the entire day on April 18, 2016.

The following above-ground Green Line stations will be closed between 10 a.m. and approximately 6 p.m. on Marathon Monday: South Street, Kent Street, and St. Mary's Street.

On Marathon Monday, the Commuter Rail will operate extra service on the Framingham/Worcester Line to support additional crowds.

Customers should also note that all MBTA parking garages will be pay-on-entry and cash-only on April 18 in order to ensure all customers exit in a timely manner. Due to heavy parking demand, some MBTA parking garages and lots may fill more quickly than normal. Customers planning to park in an MBTA garage or lot should plan accordingly. Due to congestion, bikes are not allowed on any MBTA vehicles on Patriots' Day.

Check MBTA Events on the web for more information.

Fall River: Central Street Closure Begins May 2

MassDOT's Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project in Fall River moves forward in spring 2016. As part of the project, a portion of Central Street will close beginning on May 2 as crews reconfigure the roadway.

Central Street, between Davol Street/Route 79 and Pond Street, will be closed for two weeks as crews reconstruct the road for its final configuration

Motorists should use the Water Street Connector from Route 79/138 to access Ponta Delgada Boulevard. Drivers should turn right for Water Street/Canal Street. Motorists should follow Battleship Cove Area signs to get access to the waterfront. Drivers traveling through the affected area should expect delays and use caution or seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

Access to area attractions, businesses and nearby properties will continue during roadwork. The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information, visit the project website. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 781-774-0441 or email

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