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Longfellow Bridge:
Construction Stages
Combined to Save Time

MassDOT and its contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), are combining Stages 4 and 6 of Longfellow Bridge Project construction in August 2016 to complete the project sooner. MassDOT began the multimodal shifts to accommodate the combined stages following relocation of the Red Line trains in mid-July. All bridge users will use the upstream side to make this acceleration possible.

View the entire Longfellow Bridge blog post.

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August 26, 2016

MassDOT Moves Forward on All Electronic Tolling

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors acted this week to move ahead with plans to completely demolish Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state’s progress toward All Electronic Tolling (AET) along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge, and Boston tunnels.

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MassDOT announced that AET will “go live” on October 28.

The Board approved toll demolition contracts, reviewed data security and retention proposals and instructed MassDOT to proceed with public hearings on proposed toll rates designed to be revenue neutral and minimize changes in toll charges for current commuters.

"The AET system will improve driver convenience and safety and reduce greenhouse gas-causing vehicle emissions," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. "When toll booths have been removed, AET will allow drivers to maintain regular highway speed as they pass under AET gantries, eliminating the need for drivers to sharply reduce speed and idle in toll booth lines."

The Board-approved contracts provide that tolls booths will begin to be demolished as soon as AET goes live and all work to remove toll plazas and reconstruct roadways is to be completed by the end of 2017. Toll plaza removal and reconstruction, excluding the Sumner Tunnel, will cost about $133 million. While the decision on gantry locations was based on a 2012 study and the decision to implement AET was made in 2014, MassDOT officials have been working with the predetermined gantry locations to make sure rates at the new gantries remain "revenue neutral," meaning that total revenue generated both on the Western Turnpike (I-90 from the New York border to Weston) and the Metropolitan Highway System will be approximately the same as with current tolls. Proposed rates will extend discounts for users of Commonwealth of Massachusetts-issued E-ZPass transponders, currently available only at the Weston and Allston/Brighton tolls, to every gantry location including the Tobin Bridge and airport tunnels. The rates being proposed for public review provide that the cost of driving from one end of I-90 to the other for E-ZPassMA users will drop from the current rate of $6.60 to $6.15.

"In developing proposed AET rates and policies, we worked with the gantries’ predetermined locations and considered a series of plans and models to develop a revenue neutral toll strategy in an effort to keep changes in the cost of specific commuting trips modest, within five or ten cents of current rates," said Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "We look forward to the public’s input on toll charges before the Board votes to finalize rates on October 6."


All Electronic Tolling Fare Structure Public Meetings Set

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MassDOT is convening public hearings on toll structure changes within I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), and the Metropolitan Highway System, which includes the Boston tunnels and the Tobin Memorial Bridge.

The proposed changes include changes in the toll collection gantry locations and rates through the implementation of all electronic tolling (AET) along the Massachusetts Turnpike and the Metropolitan Highway System. MassDOT announced that AET will “go live” on October 28.

All public meetings begin at 6:30PM and are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 6th, Worcester - Union Station, 2 Washington St. Wednesday, September 7th, Lynn - North Shore Community College, 300 Broad St.
  • Monday September 12th, Newton City Hall - War Memorial Room, 1000 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Tuesday, September 13th, Framingham Town Hall - Nevins Hall, 150 Concord St.
  • Wednesday, September 14th, Springfield City Hall - 36 Court St.
  • Wednesday, September 14th, Allston - Jackson Mann School, 40 Armington St.
  • Thursday, September 15th, Lenox - Highway District 1 Headquarters, 270 Main St.

In addition, written comments will be accepted for 2 weeks following the hearings, until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

The MassDOT Board of Directors this week approved plans to completely demolish Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state’s progress toward All Electronic Tolling (AET) along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge, and Boston tunnels. Motorists are encouraged to sign up for EZPass as the transition approaches.

View the AET Rate Setting information presented to the Board of Directors.

For more information, please contact Donny Dailey at 617-945-4272 or Donny.Dailey2@dot.state.ma.us


South Coast Rail Public Meetings Set

MassDOT and the MBTA will host a series of public meetings beginning next month on the proposed restoration of passenger rail service between the South Coast and Boston.

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Designers are considering a new connection making use of the existing MBTA Stoughton Commuter Rail Line. The design for this route is currently 15 percent complete. In addition, MassDOT and the MBTA are also considering an alternative rail route between Boston and the South Coast that could potentially be designed and constructed more quickly than the Stoughton route. The meetings will be held to inform the public on the status of the project, discuss next steps, and seek public comment.

Public meetings all begin at 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • New Bedford - Wednesday, September 7th, Greater New Bedford Vocational High School Auditorium, 1121 Ashley Boulevard
  • Taunton - Monday, September 12th, Bristol Community College, 2 Galleria Mall Drive
  • Fall River - Wednesday, September 14th, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Building G, Commonwealth College Center, Faculty Lounge
  • Easton - Thursday, September 15th, Middle School Auditorium, 98 Columbus Avenue
  • Canton - Monday, September 19th, High School Auditorium, 900 Washington Street
  • Middleborough - Thursday, September 22nd, High School Auditorium, 71 East Grove Street

For more information about the project, visit the South Coast Rail website. Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email to SouthCoastRail@dot.state.ma.us

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