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June 19, 2017
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT Celebrates North Andover Pedestrian, Bicycle Access Improvements

MassDOT joined students, parents and local leaders to celebrate the completion of the Safe Routes to School bicycle and pedestrian improvements at the North Andover Middle School in North Andover.

View the entire North Andover Pedestrian, Bicycle Access Improvements blog post.

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June 9, 2017

MBTA: Blue Hill Avenue Station Groundbreaking


Governor Charlie Baker, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the construction of the new Blue Hill Avenue Station on the Fairmont Commuter Rail Line.

"Construction of the Blue Hill Avenue Station is a long-awaited milestone for the Mattapan community," said Governor Baker. "Commuter Rail access to and from Mattapan at the Blue Hill Avenue Station will provide faster and affordable access to jobs, educational opportunities, and economic growth along the entire Fairmount Line corridor."

"This new station will serve as a vital connection to housing, jobs, retail destinations, and entertainment options," said Secretary Pollack. "Having a commuter rail station stop off Blue Hill Avenue will open doors to a whole new world for many people who have been eager to have an efficient way to travel between their homes and downtown and to other major destinations."

"Blue Hill Avenue Station wouldn’t have been possible without a close working relationship with the neighborhoods we serve," said MBTA Acting General Manager Shortsleeve. "We’re excited to provide another public transportation option to the community as we continue our major improvements along the Fairmount Line."

The construction of Blue Hill Avenue Station is part of $130 million in Fairmount Line investments, including the opening of Talbot Avenue Station in 2012, the opening of Newmarket and Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Stations in 2013, bridge replacements, and significant rail and tie replacement work. Blue Hill Avenue will be located approximately six-and-a-half miles from South Station and a quarter mile from Mattapan Square, featuring a center-island platform and two covered, fully accessible pedestrian ramps. The Station’s construction contract was awarded to McCourt Construction in January 2017 in the amount of $16.97 million. Blue Hill Avenue Station is expected to open to Fairmount Line customers in 2019 after a two-year construction period.

Construction of the new Blue Hill Avenue Station on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line will take place on weekends and in the evening weekday hours that began on Saturday, June 3, for up to twenty-four months. During this time, weekend Fairmount Line trains will be replaced with dedicated shuttle buses between Morton Street and Readville Stations in both directions. Train service will be uninterrupted between Morton Street and South Station, in both directions. On weeknights, the last two outbound Fairmount Line trains from South Station will be replaced with dedicated shuttle buses serving all stops between South Station and Readville.

Watertown: Arsenal Street Corridor Study Public Meeting Set

MassDOT has released the Draft Final Report for the Arsenal Street Corridor Study. A Public Information Meeting on the study has been scheduled as follows:


Thursday, June 22, Presentation at 6:00 PM
Open House, 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Watertown Free Public Library
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
123 Main Street, Watertown

MassDOT is conducting the Arsenal Street Corridor Study in Watertown. This study will develop and analyze alternatives that are intended to improve transportation conditions on Arsenal Street between Galen Street and Birmingham Parkway. The study will propose improvements to vehicular, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian uses of the corridor, with a targeted focus on enhancements to bus service along Arsenal Street and locations where the bus service ties into other crossing bus routes.

At this final public information meeting, the project team will present the draft study recommendations, preliminary construction cost estimates, and action items for implementation included in the report. The public is encouraged to stop by the Open House to learn about the report, speak with the project team, and provide feedback. Comments on the report will be accepted through July 5, 2017.

For more information, please visit the Arsenal Street Corridor Study website.

MBTA: North Shore Weekday, Weekend Alternate Service Plans


The MBTA released its alternate weekday and weekend commuter rail service plans for the North Shore as a result of Beverly Drawbridge construction taking place on weekdays from July 17 through August 13 and Positive Train Control (PTC) work taking place on weekends from July 8 through September 30.

These alternate service plans for customers using the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Lines were presented by MBTA project and operational staff members at public meetings this week.

The Beverly Drawbridge replacement project will shut down all train service north of Salem Station from July 17 through August 13. Commuter Rail customers are encouraged to consider alternate transportation options for weekday commuting, including driving to an alternate station, using existing bus services in the Newburyport area, carpooling, taking the Salem Ferry, connecting to MBTA service via regional transit authorities, or working from home during this time. Alternatively, the MBTA will provide free alternate weekday bus shuttle service.

View the Service Options Details

For more information on Beverly Drawbridge construction, PTC installation work, and alternate service information, including all special shuttle bus schedules, please visit

Green Line Extension Public Meeting Scheduled


The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project will host a public meeting as follows:

Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA

The purpose of the meeting is to provide the community with a general update on the GLX project and ongoing early works construction in Medford.

The project is also planning a public meeting in Somerville to provide a general update on the GLX project and ongoing early works construction in Somerville. The details for this meeting will be forthcoming.

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