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Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance: Memorial Day, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Reminder

As the warm weather starts to ramp up across the nation, so does traffic on local roadways and highways. Memorial Day is just around the corner, a weekend that saw over 38 million Americans hit the road for their holiday festivities in 2016.

View the entire Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month blog post.

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May 19, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Opening of Boston Landing Station

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The Baker-Polito Administration, state transit and local elected officials, and New Balance executives celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new $20-million Boston Landing Commuter Rail Station, privately financed by New Balance, and restoring commuter rail service to the Allston-Brighton community for the first time since the 1960s, effective for riders on Monday, May 22.

The ceremony was attended by Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Members Steven Poftak and Monica Tibbits-Nutt, MBTA Chief Administrator and Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, MBTA Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gonneville, Keolis Commuter Services General Manager and CEO David Scorey, Representative Michael Moran, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, New Balance Chairman Jim Davis, and other state and local officials and private partner executives.

"The opening of Boston Landing Station highlights a successful collaboration between the state, city, and New Balance to expand development and transit opportunities for the Allston-Brighton community," said Governor Baker. "Rewarding projects such as this one spur local economic development and community growth as we continue to prioritize investments that make our public transit system more reliable for riders."

The station, located adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike on Guest Street, will be the seventeenth on the MBTA Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line, which has undergone additional infrastructure improvements, including restored double-tracking and the replacement of more than 50,000 rail ties, to increase performance reliability and reduce heat-related speed restrictions. The MBTA’s private Commuter Rail operator and partner Keolis Commuter Services helps to identify infrastructure upgrades and implements many of these enhancements throughout the network in close coordination with the MBTA.

"Strong public and private partnerships are working together to improve reliability and transit options for the communities served by this line and the whole system," said Lieutenant Governor Polito. "The addition of Boston Landing Station, along with infrastructure and schedule improvements, will help deliver greater performance for residents and employees of this neighborhood, and all along the Framingham/Worcester Line."

Construction of the $20-million station began in October 2015 and was financed by New Balance, who will continue to pay for all maintenance costs of the station for the first ten years of its service. A successful example of public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development, Boston Landing Station comes as part of the 15-acre, 2.15 million square foot Boston Landing Development site, which will at full build-out include new office, lab, retail, restaurant and open space, a 295-unit mixed-use residential complex, a 175-room hotel and the practice facilities of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. Significant improvements to local public roadway and infrastructure are also planned.

"MBTA and MassDOT, with the support of Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito, are committed to collaborating with external partners such as New Balance in order to provide the public with transit options," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Pollack. "Boston Landing Station is an example of a private-public partnership that will generate jobs, encourage mass transit use, and serve as a catalyst for more economic activity in this neighborhood."

Six morning peak hour inbound trains and six afternoon peak hour outbound trains will stop at Boston Landing Station Monday through Friday and trains running on Saturday and Sunday will make station stops. Trips between Boston Landing and South Station are a Zone 1A fare, $2.25 for a one-way ticket and $84.50 for a monthly pass.


Springfield: New RMV Service Center Officially Opens

MassDOT officially opened the newly redesigned, and fully accessible Registry of Motor Vehicles Service Center in Springfield. The new service center is located at 1250 St. James Avenue in Springfield.

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Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and state and local officials were on hand to participate in today’s ribbon cutting event.

The new Springfield Registry Service Center location exemplifies the Baker-Polito Administration’s focus on customer service. It offers a larger facility, with 17,142 square feet, and over 700 parking spaces.

There are 16 upgraded workstations for conducting multiple transaction types: hearings will be offered in three hearing offices; and permit testing is available in a dedicated area with new equipment that includes multiple language options. In addition, the new training facility will allow staff additional opportunities to improve their skills, to ensure the best possible experience for our customers.

"We thank the Springfield-area community for their patience while we worked to bring them a far more efficient service experience," said Registrar Deveney.

"This transformation is something our Hampden County customers deserve. This facility is an example of Registry operations enhanced focus on service delivery, resulting in a better experience for all of our customers."

"Springfield can better facilitate our ongoing rush of young people visiting service centers to take the Learner’s Permit Test," added Registrar Deveney. "We also want to remind all our customers they may be eligible to complete their transaction online or at a local AAA branch. If they do have to come in person, checklists for our most common transactions, including the Learner’s Permit Test, are available online to help customers arrive prepared with all required documents."

Customers will experience a transformed atmosphere when visiting the Springfield Service Center. The design is more accommodating and new operational and interior features include:

  • New Registry equipment enabling faster processing of Driver Licenses and Identification Cards
  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant elements
  • Efficient customer queuing system with expanded public seating
  • Dedicated space for self-service transactions, hearings, Business to Business Center (B2B), and International Registration Plan (IRP) customers
  • All LED lighting, which lasts longer and conserves energy
  • Upgraded HVAC system, resulting in improved air quality

The RMV is making strides to build an industry-leading, customer-centered environment for individual and commercial customers, as well as for business and government partners. In addition to the Springfield relocation, the RMV recently opened new offices in Lawrence and New Bedford; and the Brockton Service Center is currently being remodeled while remaining open. These new service center sites will ensure adequate access, parking, and customer intake capability, with an overall improved design to support customer needs.

With a strong commitment to a personalized customer service experience, the RMV enables customer mobility and supports consumer safety across the Commonwealth. Customers are encouraged to "Skip the line and Go Online" to www.MassRMV.com to process over 25 transactions, access checklists to "Get Ready to Go," and sign-up to receive RMV News.


MassDOT Proposed Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings

MassDOT continues a series of 12 public meetings to present and discuss the draft MassDOT Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update. Public input received at the meetings from May 15 to May 24 will be considered before the CIP is finalized.

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MassDOT's strategic Capital Investment Plan uses state and federal money to fund transportation investments across Massachusetts. These include all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail and transit projects including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Updated annually, the CIP uses a combination of public and stakeholder input with both objective and comparative evaluation of projects to select programs that will be funded over the next five fiscal years. The draft being finalized now concerns Fiscal Years 2018 through 2022.

MassDOT has already received more than 1,100 public comments through its online tool, emails and letters. Many comments have been incorporated into the CIP draft. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:

  • Greenfield - Monday, May 22, 5:30 p.m., John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Oliver Street
  • Boston - Monday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester
  • Lenox - Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., MassDOT District 1 Headquarters
  • Salem - Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., Salem City Hall Annex
  • Marlborough - Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m., Marlborough Senior Center
  • Dartmouth - Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Law School, Moot Courtroom

MBTA: Wellington Maintenance Facility Project Approved

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The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today approved a contract with Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., for the construction of improvements to the Wellington Maintenance Facility, which will prepare the location for the arrival of new Orange Line vehicles. The cost of the Wellington Maintenance Facility project through FY18 is $98.28 million.

The Wellington Maintenance Facility project intends to rehabilitate the Wellington Carhouse in Medford in order to improve the reliability of the upcoming 152 new Orange Line cars by providing an updated maintenance facility. Six pilot Orange Line cars will be delivered in December 2017 with delivery of the new Orange Line production fleet beginning in December 2018. Improvements to Wellington Maintenance Facility include an expansion of the carhouse by one service bay to allow for the maintenance of an enlarged Orange Line fleet, rehabilitation and modernization of the existing lifts, cranes, wheel truing machinery, roof, MEP, and other updates, the addition of elevators and other accessibility accommodations, and a new electronics room for new vehicles.

Construction advertisements for the project began on March 23, 2017. An independent cost estimate was set at $82.35 million with the bid opening on May 11, 2017. Four bids were received with MBTA staff recommending Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., as Barletta provided the lowest bid of $72.58 million.

The Wellington Maintenance Facility construction project is one element of the Red Line/Orange Line Infrastructure Improvements Program. The Program’s total costs are $470.36 million for FY18 and FY19 with that total including the Orange Line Test Track and Wellington Yard project, the Wellington Yard Expansion from Tracks 33 to 38 project, the Wellington Yard Zones A and B project, the Red Line Test Track project, the Cabot Maintenance Facility project, the Cabot Yard Rebuild for Zones A through C project, and Red Line and Orange Line signal system enhancements.

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