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Peregrine Falcon
Nest Box Program

MassDOT’s Highway Division and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs’ Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife hosted an event on Friday, May 20 to highlight the joint Peregrine Falcon Nest Box Program and other cross-agency efforts to help with the recovery, conservation and preservation of this endangered species. The event was held in honor of the National Wildlife Federation’s Endangered Species Day.

View the entire Peregrine Falcon Nest Box Program blog post.

Four Peregrine Falcon chicks were removed from a nest box located on the Massachusetts Turnpike Bridge in Chicopee, and then fitted with two bands each that will be used to monitor and track the distribution and migration of this species. The information collected will be shared at both the national and state levels in order to monitor the conservation of this species range wide.

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May 27, 2016

MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement

Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30.

DePaola at meeting

Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter to MBTA employees and announced that MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve would step into the role of Acting General Manager effective July 1, with MBTA Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Gonneville assuming additional responsibilities at that time.

Secretary Pollack said, "I have already begun consultations with the members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board on how best to ensure that during the coming transition the MBTA continues to serve its customers safely and reliably, builds on the progress that has been made on financial stability and increases its investment in maintenance and capital assets."

"It has been an honor to serve as General Manager during this critical period and to work with so many dedicated colleagues and employees who have helped the MBTA improve service, become more resilient and fix the T’s aging assets," DePaola said. Referring to his battle with cancer, DePaola called the job of General Manager "rewarding and relentless." He added, "My decision to retire is a difficult one but I cannot continue to spend the countless hours that the job demands while continuing needed treatment and focusing on my health."

Governor Charlie Baker praised DePaola for his service, "Frank has been the kind of General Manager that the MBTA needs, someone whose management style has helped the MBTA to increase the public’s confidence in the transit system’s performance while also leading the T workforce during a period of change. On behalf of the Baker-Polito Administration, I want to express my appreciation to Frank for his work ethic and dedication."

Secretary Pollack added, "Frank has always stepped up when his management and engineering skills were needed." She noted that DePaola had been working at the MBTA as Assistant General Manager for Design and Construction in March 2011, when he was named MassDOT’s Highway Administrator after a light fixture fell from the ceiling in one of the Central Artery tunnels. DePaola went on to serve as Acting Secretary of Transportation beginning in November 2014 and, after Pollack was named Secretary in January 2015, DePaola was named the first Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

"Almost exactly four years after Frank left the MBTA to help MassDOT's highway programs regain their footing, he agreed to return to the MBTA to help the organization recover from the devastating winter of 2015, re-focus on customer service and operating performance and develop and implement a winter resiliency program," Pollack noted. She recalled that, "When I walked into his office to ask if he'd take on the challenge, Frank told me he’d already begun planning for both the recovery effort and for repairs to tracks, power and signals that would need to begin almost immediately in order to be completed before the next winter."

Since assuming the leadership role of the MBTA in February 2015, DePaola has shared responsibility with Chief Administrator Shortsleeve, overseeing the MBTA departments responsible for operations, safety, systemwide accessibility and capital program delivery. His accomplishments as General Manager include improving service for MBTA riders, designing and implementing an $83 million Winter Resiliency program and ensuring that the renovation of Government Center Station was completed on time and on budget.

As of July 1, Chief Administrator Shortsleeve will become Acting General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Gonneville will take on additional responsibilities including oversight of the MBTA's safety, environmental and system wide accessibility departments.

Memorial Day Weekend Travel

MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Zakim bridge traffic

MassDOT will suspend all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12:00PM Noon on Friday, May 27 through the start of normal business on Tuesday, May 31

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that there will be no lane restrictions on the Sagamore Bridge during the Memorial Holiday weekend period.

Save time and fuel by joining E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths. Travelers are reminded that the Tobin Bridge has converted to All-Electronic Tolling system using E-ZPass or Pay-by-Plate.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas on Memorial Day, May 30, from 10 pm Monday night through 5 am Tuesday morning. CapeFLYER weekend rail service to Cape Cod and the Islands resumes Friday, May 27 through Labor Day. Visit for complete schedules and ticket information.

The MBTA will operate buses, subways and commuter rail on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.

All RMV offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of the holiday.
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MassDOT, MBTA Launch Focus40


MassDOT and the MBTA this week launched development of a long-term investment plan for the MBTA. Known as Focus40, the effort looks ahead at how the MBTA can serve the people of Greater Boston in the future.

The launch began with an Open House where participants learned about the MBTA’s current conditions and the emerging trends that may impact Greater Boston by the year 2040.

An interactive discussion including Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash along with a panel of future thinkers focused on climate change, demographics, mobility and technology trends affecting the MBTA in the year 2040. Thank you to all panel members and public participants!

For more information, visit the Focus40 website

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