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MassDOT Community Transit Grant Training Set

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MassDOT's Rail & Transit Division announces training sessions for the FY2014 MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program. The Federal Transit Administration and the Commonwealth provide financial assistance through a number of programs to Regional Transit Authorities, Private Non-Profits/For-Profits, Councils on Aging, municipalities that provide transit service and State Agencies to improve, maintain and operate service.

Beginning this year, MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program applicants must submit applications through the new MassDOT web-based grant application system. Grant application training sessions include:

Tuesday, January 29, 10:00AM- 11:30AM, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield

Tuesday, January 29, 2:00PM- 3:30PM, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, 2 Washington Square, Union Station, 2nd Floor, Worcester

Thursday, January 31, 10:00AM- 11:30AM, Central Transportation Planning Staff, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150, Second Floor – State Transportation Building, Boston

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MassDOT 21st Century Plan: Regional Investments

MassDOT's plan for the next generation of transportation investment in the Commonwealth: The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan includes strategic regional investments across the Commonwealth.

Western Massachusetts, Berkshires

The plan includes passenger rail service connecting Boston and Springfield along the “Inland Route,” and rehabilitation of infrastructure to support rail service between Pittsfield and New York City.

$362.4 million will rehabilitate the “Inland Route” by creating a second track, widening bridges, upgrading signals purchasing train equipment, and constructing or rehabilitating stations. This supports future high-speed rail to New York City via Springfield.

$113.8 million will rehabilitate rail from the Berkshires to New York City, including track, signals and structures between Pittsfield and the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line to support future rail service between Pittsfield and New York City.

The plan funds the I-91 Viaduct in Springfield, a $32.2 million increase to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in FY14, a $3.2 million increase to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA), and a $1 million increase to the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA), along with reconstruction of Route 2 in Erving Center, the Mohawk bike and pedestrian trail in North Adams and the Skyline Trail in Hinsdale.

Central Massachusetts

The plan includes an $11.1 million increase in funding for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) in FY14. The plan also includes $12 million for improvements and safety enhancements at the interchange of I-495 and Route 9 in Westborough, reconstruction of Quinsigamond Avenue from Brosnihan Square to Southbridge Street in Worcester, and resurfacing of Route 119 in Groton and Littleton.

South Coast

The plan funds completion of the South Coast Rail Line with diesel-fueled commuter trains to connect Boston to Fall River and New Bedford. The $1.8 billion investment is expected to create 3,800 jobs and generate $500 million in new economic activity statewide annually.

The plan also includes a $5.4 million increase in funding for the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) in FY14, interchange improvements at Routes 24 and 140 in Taunton, improvements to Route 6 and Fauce Corner Road in Dartmouth and reconstruction of Route 18 from Cove Street to Griffin Court in New Bedford.

Cape & Islands

The plan restores seasonal rail service on weekends between Boston and Hyannis. The $20.8 million investment will upgrade rail, grade crossings, bridges and station accessibility.

The plan also includes a $5.9 million increase in funding for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) in FY14, median construction along Route 6 in Bourne and resurfacing Route 6A in Brewster.

Secretary Davey: The Time to Act Decisively is Now
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MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey said, “the time to act decisively is now” in responding to a Pioneer Institute opinion article, “Lots of Art, Little Science in Transportation Plan.”

Secretary Davey says “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan” is necessary to jump start our state’s economy and create thousands of jobs. Read Secretary’s response on the Transportation blog.


Mass State Police Reminder: Breakdown Lane Enforcement
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MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police are reminding drivers traveling along I-93 and I-95 (Route 128) that use of the breakdown lane on I-93/I-95 has been discontinued in the area where the new fourth travel lane has opened.

In late November, MassDOT opened a section of the new fourth travel lane along I-93 and I-95 (Route 128) between Route 24 in Randolph and a point just south of Route 109 near the Westwood-Dedham line.

With the addition of the new fourth travel lane, use of the breakdown lane is now prohibited, including during weekday peak travel periods (6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). MassDOT has deployed appropriate signage to inform drivers. State Police have been patrolling this route to enforce this change.

Breakdown lane use during weekday peak travel periods had been allowed between Route 24 and Route 9 via special permission by the Federal Highway Administration since 1986. For safety reasons, the breakdown lane is again reserved for disabled motor vehicles and emergency vehicles.

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