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Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined MassDOT in honoring 13 schools and individuals for their work to promote and train students to bicycle and walk to school in a safe manner as part of the Safe Routes to School Program.

The Program partners with middle and elementary schools to promote and educate students on the best routes to take and on “best practices” for navigating traffic. In addition to safety trainings, the program helps its 746 partner schools state-wide plan event activities and the program assists in creating walking routes to and from school. Each partner school has a designed outreach coordinator who works with members of the community to customize each program to that community.

View the entire Safe Routes to Schools blog post.

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July 1, 2016

Plan Ahead for July 4 Travel

MassDOT encourages the public to travel safely on the 4th of July holiday weekend, drive during lower volume times on major roadways, and use public transportation where possible.

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MassDOT suspends all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12 p.m., Friday, July 1, through the start of normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5

The I-93 SB HOV Lane will open at 2 PM on Thursday June 30th and 1 PM on Friday July 1st. The I-93 SB HOV Lane will be closed all day on Monday July 4th. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that there will be no lane restrictions on the Sagamore Bridge during the July 4th holiday.

Drivers can 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 the All-Electronic Tolling system and drivers using the Tobin with no E-ZPass may travel the bridge and will be mailed a bill via the Pay-by-Plate program.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Monday, July 4, through 5 am Tuesday morning, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and take advantage of the many communication tools now available to help trips go smoothly.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

  • Customers may dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions
  • Visit mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information
  • Access MassDOT traffic cameras to view images covering portions of Route 3, Route 6, Route 28, and parts of I-90, I-91, I-93, and I-95.
  • Download the Ridewise app. Customers may use Ridewise to obtain travel times for various routes including Route 3, Route 6, I-93 and portions of I-90. The app is available on Android and iPhone. Drivers are advised not to use the app if they are operating a motor vehicle.

While making your summer vacation preparations, rest assured that MassDOT's Highway Assistance Patrol program, sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance, patrols routes in Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) during peak coverage hours, Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with extended hours on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) and extended holiday routes in heavy traffic areas. In addition to the HAP vehicles, MassDOT operates an Incident Response Vehicle fleet of flatbed tow trucks, also sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance. IRV's assigned to Interstate 93, the Maurice Tobin J. Memorial Bridge, Ted Williams Tunnel, Sumner Tunnel and Callahan Tunnel patrol 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

The CapeFLYER weekend rail service to Cape Cod will run on a Saturday/Sunday schedule on July 4th.

Check the MBTA for services on Monday, July 4th.

On Monday, July 4, beginning at 2:00 p.m., MBTA subway service will operate at rush-hour levels to accommodate increased holiday ridership. Fares will be not be collected after 9:30 p.m., on July 4.

As a reminder, bicycles are not allowed on any subway lines for the entire day on the Fourth of July. Bicycles are also prohibited on inbound Commuter Rail trains from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., as well as on outbound trains after 4 p.m.

On the 4th of July, Alewife, Braintree, Quincy Adams, and Wonderland parking facilities will require payment upon entry (cash and credit cards accepted). All other MBTA garages and lots will operate as usual on the Fourth of July. In order to ensure all customers exit in a timely manner, extra staff will be on hand to assist customers with parking payment. Due to heavy parking demand, some MBTA parking garages and lots may fill more quickly than usual.

All Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of the holiday.

Drivers are reminded to avoid littering on roadways. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,500 for the first offense


Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11

MassDOT’s contractor will close the Longfellow Bridge and implement an MBTA Red Line diversion during the weekend of July 8 through July 10.

Longfellow Towers

The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Friday, July 8, to 5:00 AM on Monday, July 11.

The closure is necessary to implement an MBTA Red Line diversion that temporarily replaces trains with buses. This will allow WSC to perform work in close proximity to the Red Line tracks to prepare for Stage 4 of construction.

Bus service will be in place from the start of service on Saturday, July 9, to the end of service on Sunday, July 10. Buses will replace Red Line trains in both directions for service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park Street Station, with a stop at Charles/MGH Station. The bus route and stops are shown on this map. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for people with disabilities. Red Line trains will resume service on Monday morning. Please visit the MBTA's service updates webpage for additional information.

MBTA buses will be the only motor vehicles permitted on the bridge.

Emergency response, bicycle, and pedestrian access will be maintained across the bridge during the diversion. All other motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles, trucks, and all other buses, will need to use one of two Boston-bound routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle.

For more information, visit the Longfellow Bridge Project website.


Boston: I-90 Eastbound 4th Lane Reopens at Commonwealth Avenue Bridge

MassDOT announced the restoration of a fourth lane on I-90 Eastbound from the Commonwealth Avenue bridge to the Prudential Tunnel in Boston.

The restoration of four travel lanes comes after MassDOT completed safety upgrades by replacing the median system with a new jersey barrier system in that stretch.

Crews are scheduled to complete the realignment and restriping of the lanes in that stretch of roadway next week. On June 18, MassDOT restored the fourth lane of the westbound side of I-90 in the same stretch of roadway.

The Commonwealth Avenue Superstructure Replacement Project involves the replacement of the existing bridge which carries Commonwealth Avenue and the MBTA Green Line (Line B) over the MBTA Commuter Rail Line and over I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike). Last year, Walsh Construction Company was awarded the contract with a bid of $81.8 million and was given notice to proceed in June 2015.


RMV: 2016 Low Number Plate Lottery Applications Now Accepted

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney announced that applications for the 2016 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online or by U.S. mail.

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Starting this year, using the 2016 Plate Lottery webpage, for the first time ever, customers will be able to enter the lottery online, or find the Mail-in application form available for download. The form is also available at Registry branch office locations across the Commonwealth.

Applications must be received online or postmarked by August 26, 2016, in order for the applicant to be eligible.

"The low plate lottery is our customers' favorite time of the year at the RMV," said Registrar Erin Deveney. "We are excited to have streamlined our application process this year to allow for online submissions, making it easier for our customers to enter the lottery. Not only can our customers skip the line by doing over 23 transactions at www.MassRMV.com, now they can also skip the stamp and enter the lottery electronically."

The RMV reminds customers that our Online Branch webpage has more than 23 Registry services available.

This year, there are 183 plates that are part of the low plate lottery, surpassing the large pool of plates offered in 2015. Annually, approximately 6,800 applications are received. With the addition of the new online entry form, an increase of applications is expected for 2016. Applicants for the low number lottery should note that there is no fee to apply, however, should the applicant be selected as a winner, there is a fee to receive the license plate and there is a standard registration fee.

Available low plate numbers for this year’s lottery include 1H, 7J41Z, Q49, X77, 1972, and 2007.

Low number plates must be renewed every two years.

Customers are encouraged to visit the RMV’s website for details of the drawing, date, time and location of the event. By law, all winners must be announced by September 15, 2016, and the names of winners will be posted to the Registry website.

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