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September 12
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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Cambridge: MassDOT Installs Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons to Improve Pedestrian Safety

MassDOT has installed two new pedestrian hybrid beacons at the intersection of Land Boulevard and Cambridge Parkway which are intended to improve pedestrian safety in the area.

A pedestrian hybrid beacon is designed to warn drivers at an unsignalized location that they are at a crosswalk location so that drivers slow down and pedestrians are assisted in crossing a roadway. The new beacons are part of the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project.

View the entire Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons blog post.

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September 9, 2016

All Electronic Tolling Fare Structure Public Meetings Continue

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MassDOT continues 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:

  • 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.


MBTA Names Transit App Best Public App Winner

The MBTA is pleased to announce its endorsement of Transit App as the best app for transit riders in the Greater Boston Area. The selection committee's unanimous vote for Transit App echoes the sentiment of the tens of thousands of Boston transit riders already using it every day. With an established, well-executed feature list and impressive roadmap ahead, Transit App will be a great partner to the MBTA.

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The contest to become the MBTA's endorsed app was announced July of 2016, seven years after the MBTA became a world leader in open data by releasing real-time data to 3rd party developers. In the years since, dozens of apps have been built on this data with diverse features and functionality. The MBTA decided to endorse and partner with the best of these apps in order to create a better transit experience for its riders

"Transit App's nearby departure times, push notifications for alerts, and step-by-step directions make it incredibly user-friendly. It greatly improves the customer experience, which was paramount when selecting a winner," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Partnering with Transit App also ensures that our customers will have an easy and convenient way to provide feedback which helps the MBTA continue to improve its service."

Transit App boasts many useful features, including:

  • Real-Time Schedules
  • Departure Alarms
  • Stop Announcements
  • Push Notifications for Service Alerts
  • System Maps
  • Offline Mode
  • Ride and Bike Share Integration
  • Real-Time Trip Planning (Coming this September)

Director of Strategy & Development Jake Sion. "We're excited to collaborate on new innovative features, such as the ability for riders to directly report service issues to each other and to the MBTA. What's more, the data we receive from riders will be shared with the T to help support operations and planning."

Selecting Transit App to endorse is just one of many steps the MBTA has taken in order to increase customer experience and satisfaction by means of technology. It follows other important updates such as real-time arrival and alert information for subway and buses. The MBTA has also introduced its Performance Dashboard (mbtabackontrack.com) to track reliability, ridership, and finances, and is regularly measuring customer satisfaction through its customer opinion panel (mbtasurvey.com). Technology will continue to play a key role in the MBTA’s decision making towards improving customer satisfaction.


Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Public Meeting September 13

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Interstate 91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project as follows:

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Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, One Financial Plaza, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1350 Main Street, Springfield

Please join us for an update on the major construction and demolition activities on the I-91 Viaduct. The project team will provide details on the construction and demolition progress to date, existing lane and ramp closures, and detour routes. MassDOT will also discuss a Dynamic Merge System pilot program intended to enhance safety and improve traffic flow in the work zone on I-91 South. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session.

MassDOT is undertaking the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project to replace the existing deck of the bridge, which is in poor condition. The project is the result of several years of planning and valuable input from a wide variety of stakeholders. It will continue to progress on an accelerated schedule to reduce traffic impacts and minimize construction duration. The project will reduce annual maintenance costs, increase safety and accessibility on this busy interstate, and ensure long-term serviceability.

Please visit the project website linked above to sign up for email alerts and learn more about this important project. For questions or concerns, please email the project team at I91viaduct@state.ma.us or 617-454-1839.


RMV Low Number Plate Lottery Drawing

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney this week hosted the drawing for the Registry’s 2016 Low Number Plate Lottery “live” on WBZ AM 1030.

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The names of all low number license plate winners are posted on the Registry’s website, www.massrmv.com. In addition, each successful applicant will receive a letter from the Registry that includes instructions on how to register the new low number plate.

This year, there are 183 plates that are part of the low plate lottery, surpassing the large pool of plates offered in 2015, when names were drawn for 156 low number license plates. During the 2016 drawing, applicants will be vying for the most sought after Massachusetts license plates, including 1H, 7J, 41Z, Q49, X77, 1972, and 2007.

Entries for the 2016 lottery had to be mailed and postmarked by August 26, 2016 to be eligible for the drawing. While there was no cost to apply to the lottery, if an applicant is selected as a winner, there is a special plate fee to receive the plate and standard registration fees apply.

Low number plates must be renewed every two years.

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