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MBTA: Transit-Oriented Projects in Beverly & Mattapan

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board designated Barnat Development as the successful bidder for a parcel of MBTA land located adjacent to the Beverly Depot Commuter Rail Station and Garage and designated POAH/Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation as the successful bidder for a project on a current MBTA surface parking lot at Mattapan Station.

View the entire Transit-Oriented Projects blog post.

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July 29, 2016

RMV Unveils New Driver’s License and Security Features

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles unveiled a new Driver’s License and Mass ID design to be phased in over 5 years at no additional cost to customers.

example of license

Last updated in 2010, the designs include new security features better protecting the identity of customers and making Massachusetts one of the states with the most secure and technologically advanced cards in the country. Licenses will be phased in and will not require any immediate action by Massachusetts residents until a resident’s current license expires.

The new Massachusetts licenses and IDs include some federally-required REAL ID features such as a second bar code on the reverse side which contains the demographic information printed on the front. The RMV is still in the process of programming additional information the federal government has authorized for REAL ID cards which Americans will need in October 2020 if they want to board a plane or enter a federal government building. REAL ID cards will include such information as an individual's full legal name and, if pertinent, the individual’s legal presence information with the expiration date.

Massachusetts residents need to take no action now to get a new driver’s license unless the license has expired. State residents do not need to seek a REAL ID card now and will only need a card with REAL ID information in October 2020 if they want to board a plane or visit a federal building. Massachusetts driver’s licenses will have all REAL ID required information imbedded in them in time for residents to use if needed in October 2020.

Current driver's licenses, Massachusetts ID’s, commercial driver’s licenses, and junior operator and under 21 licenses will remain valid until they are scheduled for renewal. Over the next year, the RMV expects that 1.5 million customers will be issued new cards in the normal course of business. The RMV will continue to update customers throughout its REAL ID compliance efforts and anticipates that fully REAL ID compliant cards will begin to be issued in the fall of 2017.

Customers are encouraged to check for updates on Twitter - @MassRMV

"In an effort to continue to modernize our services and maintain the integrity of the Commonwealth's most important identification documents, the Registry of Motor Vehicles designed a card with a new advanced look which offers residents the best protection possible,” said Registrar Erin Deveney. "The new cards also are REAL ID compatible, meaning that when the federal government authorizes states to be fully REAL ID compliant, these cards will be able to accommodate those features."

Highlighting the history of Massachusetts, the new card design includes images of the State House Golden Dome, the Civil War memorial to the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, and the state’s official bird, (the chickadee), and official flower, (the Mayflower).

The advanced security features on the new cards will assist law enforcement, banks, retail outlets, and liquor establishments which use these important identification credentials. New security features include raised lettering of the cardholder’s initials and year of birth and the use of laser perforation and engraving. Other security features will remain confidential so as to not alert anyone who may be intent on fraudulent use.

Customers scheduled for license or ID renewal can complete their transactions online, at participating AAA locations, or at a RMV service location. For eligible customers, renewing online is the easiest and fastest way to complete a license renewal or to complete over 23 other RMV-offered online transactions.

Please visit www.massrmv.com for more information.


MBTA: Next Phase of Red Line Winter Resiliency Improvements Approved

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today unanimously approved the awarding of a $18.5 million construction contract for the next phase of Red Line Winter Resiliency improvements announced by the Baker-Polito Administration last year, amounting to $30.4 million total for infrastructure upgrades in preparation for the upcoming winter.

workers on tracks

"These critical investments in the resiliency of the MBTA's core infrastructure and preparation for severe winter weather allow for upgrades that ensure more reliable service for the over one million daily riders who depend on the system each day," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The Fiscal and Management Control Board continues to make significant progress on reforming the system, delivering transparency, cost-effectiveness and accountability for both taxpayers and commuters."

The $18.5 million contract awarded to Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., will deliver a series of significant upgrades along 9.9 miles of the Red Line Braintree and Ashmont Lines, including the replacement of all third rail and heating systems, track and tie renewals, signals, track structure and conduit installations. Total winter resiliency expenses for phase two of efforts announced last year include the contract work awarded to Barletta along with MBTA staff work and costs for materials, engineering, and procurement.

"We look forward to building on the success of phase one during which miles and miles of new third rail was installed along outer portions of the Red Line," said Acting MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Working in tandem with Barletta, MBTA forces will continue to make the upgrades necessary to keep the subway operating no matter what Mother Nature throws at us."

The project beginning this summer through December will include the following work:

  • Replacement of all 3rd rail and associated rail heating systems along 9.9 miles of the Red Line South
  • Track and tie renewal between Savin Hill and Fields Corner Stations
  • Signal trough and conduit installation between North Quincy and Braintree Stations
  • Track structure replacement at Quincy Center, Quincy Adams and Braintree Stations

To accommodate the winter resiliency work this fall, buses will replace train service on the following weekends:

Braintree Branch:
Sept. 10-12
Sept. 24-26
Oct. 1-3
Oct. 8-10
Oct. 15-17
Dec. 3-5

Ashmont Branch:
Oct. 22-24
Dec. 10-12
Dec 17-19

As is customary, the MBTA will keep customers informed of service changes on mbta.com, through T Alerts, and on Twitter @mbta


Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August

MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track. View the Stage 4 Graphic for travel space configuration along the Longfellow Bridge.

Longfellow Aerial view

As a result of the next stage of work, the following Traffic Shifts will be implemented:

  • Inbound vehicles will be shifted to the upstream roadway on Monday, August 1. The crossover in Cambridge at the MBTA Red Line tunnel will be closed and vehicles traveling inbound to Boston will continue from Broadway and Third Street onto Main Street and straight across the bridge.
  • Bicycle traffic, both inbound and outbound, will continue to use the upstream sidewalk for the time being. Cyclists should use caution, obey traffic signals, and watch for vehicles and pedestrians when accessing the Longfellow Bridge at Charles Circle and Kendall Square.
  • Pedestrians will continue to use the downstream sidewalk to cross the bridge.

Red Line Configuration

The construction of the temporary inbound Red Line track (called a "shoo-fly") was completed recently over a series of weekends. The inbound trains were shifted to the shoo-fly track on the upstream roadway and the outbound trains were shifted to the newly constructed, future inbound track. This shift allows the contractor to rehabilitate the bridge under the current location of the MBTA outbound tracks.

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using the existing signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway (Route 28)/Charles River Dam Road and Land Boulevard. For more information, visit the project website. For questions or issues and concerns related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us


Methuen Rotary: New I-93 Northbound Ramp Opens July 30

MassDOT’s Methuen Rotary Interchange Reconstruction Project reaches a major milestone on Saturday, July 30, when the first new ramp of the reconstructed interchange opens to traffic. The new I-93 northbound on-ramp is located approximately 400 feet east of the current ramp. A new signal will be installed to allow traffic from the west on Route 110/113 to safely turn left to the on-ramp.

drawing of aerial view

New traffic patterns to the I-93 Northbound On-Ramp are effective July 30:

From the east: Motorists enter new on-ramp 400 feet east of current on-ramp.

From the west: Motorists exit Rotary and travel east 400 feet to new signalized intersection. Turn left to new on-ramp.

Opening the new on-ramp is the first of several significant traffic changes that will begin in July as MassDOT's contractor, E. T. & L. Corp., begins work on Stage 3A of the project. Stage 3A is the stage that will replace the existing Rotary with a new Route 110/113 and begin demolition of the existing Rotary bridges. Noise barrier construction and associated landscaping will also be complete in July. The project is on schedule to meet the spring 2018 completion date.

Please view a map showing the new configuration. Visit the project website to learn more, sign up for e-mail advisories or contact the project team with questions and concerns.

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