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Wednesday
January 8
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
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On the MassDOT Blog

RMV: Report Disability/Handicap Parking Abuse

MassDOT RMV’s Disability/ Handicap Parking Abuse program is used to report a Massachusetts resident who may be misusing an RMV disability placard or handicap plate. Disability placards and handicap plates give people special parking access based on a determination that they have a medical need for it. RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian encourages anyone who is aware of an able-bodied person misusing a disability placard or handicap plate to download the form or complete the Disability/ Handicap Parking Abuse form online.

View the entire Parking Abuse Program blog post.

Please keep in mind that not all disabilities are visible to an observer (e.g., heart disease), so please file a Disability/ Handicap Parking Abuse only if you have some reason to believe abuse has taken place.

01/03/2014

Callahan Tunnel Closed: Work Underway

Construction work is well underway as the New Year begins as part of the $19.3 million rehabilitation of the Callahan Tunnel. As seen in this photo, the majority of the curbing has been removed for the entire length of the tunnel. In addition, the asphalt wearing surface has been removed and a significant portion of the concrete deck has been milled. The work performed by contractor McCourt Construction includes the replacement of the deck, curbing and wall panels. The tunnel is closed through March 12, 2014.

Three main detour routes have been established to handle traffic to East Boston through the Ted Williams Tunnel/Massachusetts Turnpike Eastbound, over the Tobin Bridge, or for motorists coming from points north– along Route 16 East to 1A South. Along Route 16, MassDOT has improved the signal timing to accommodate the additional vehicles. In addition, commercial vehicle only restrictions have been lifted on the eastbound South Boston Bypass Haul Road and sections of the High Occupancy Vehicle only lane restrictions have been lifted to assist motorists with access to the Ted Williams Tunnel to Logan Airport, East Boston and points in the North Shore.

For more detailed information on the detour routes and printable maps, please visit: www.mass.gov/massdot/callahantunnelrehab

The MBTA is expanding the hours of the Blue Line Bowdoin Station stop to accommodate customers on weekdays & Saturdays from 5:15AM to 12:30AM and on Sundays from 6:15AM to 12:30AM. On the Blue Line, during weekday evenings, MBTA officials will add one train between 6:30PM and 1:00AM in order to increase the frequency of service. On the Silver Line 1, the MBTA will add one bus weekdays between 7:00AM-4:00PM and 6:30PM-10:00PM to maintain service reliability with increased congestion expected in the Ted Williams Tunnel.

Boston Logan Travelers are strongly encouraged to take Logan Express or Public Transportation to Logan International Airport. There are also Water Transportation Services to the airport from Quincy/Hull and Boston. To view these options, visit Massport's To and From Logan webpage.


South Station Expansion Recognized by Chamber

Boston South Station is now seeing busy holiday travel days as the New Year approaches.

To learn more about what is happening at the station and with the South Station Expansion project, please read our December fact sheet. This edition features articles on how MassDOT is designing a new rail system for an expanded South Station and a profile of Linda Perlman, who leads free tours of South Station on the first Saturday of every month.

The South Station Expansion team is pleased to report that the South Station Expansion project was recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of the most important initiatives needed to sustain and support the economic health of the City of Boston.

We invite you to sign up and receive e-mail updates on this and other MassDOT projects by visiting the MassDOT Customer Notification sign up page. Happy New Year!


BusPlus+ New Regional Transportation Services

MassDOT in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines has announced new regional transportation services coming soon as part of the new BusPlus+ program to increase the intercity and commuter transportation options available across the Commonwealth and all of New England.

BusPlus+ is a public/private partnership in which MassDOT provides new regional buses to private for-profit bus companies. The companies in return must deliver regional services improvements and will be responsible for all bus maintenance and operating costs. The federally-funded competitive grant program includes replacement of 31 regional buses with new, state-of-the-art vehicles.

New services expected to begin in early 2014 include:

  • Peter Pan Bus Lines: Providence, Somerset, Fall River to Boston- one new round-trip Monday – Friday, expected to begin on January.13, 2014
  • Peter Pan: Hartford, Worcester, and Framingham to Boston- one additional round-trip Monday – Sunday, expected to begin on January.14. 2014
  • Peter Pan: Springfield, Sturbridge, Worcester, and Framingham to Boston- one new round-trip Monday – Sunday, expected to begin on January 14, 2014.. Sturbridge is a new stop, and will also be serviced by the Hartford-Worcester-Boston route..
  • Peter Pan: Woods Hole, Falmouth, Bourne, Buzzards Bay, and Wareham to Boston- one new round-trip Monday – Sunday, expected to begin on January 13, 2014. Buzzards Bay is a new stop and the number of Wareham stops will increase from two to four stops per day.

Additional BusPlus+ services involving several other bus companies serving additional communities are also expected to begin early in 2014.

The initial BusPlus+ regional bus purchase is providing 31 new buses to carriers that currently or previously operated an IBCAP regional bus, including Peter Pan Bus Lines, Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, DATTCO, The Coach Company, Bloom Bus Lines, and Yankee Line, along with new private sector partner Greyhound.

New buses include the latest advances in safety and equipped with fully outfitted restrooms, increased leg room, new comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, and 110V power outlets at every seat. MassDOT through BusPlus+ is working towards the goal of providing a universal smart phone ticketing applications to all riders.

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