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February 12
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Green Line Extension Art Program Announced

The Green Line Extension project is pleased to announce that MassDOT & the MBTA have released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the purpose of commissioning multiple artists to design an integral art program for the GLX stations.

Designs for the first three stations to be constructed, Lechmere, Union, and Washington Street, are currently at approximately 60% design, and will be 90% complete by summer 2014. Artist selection will be made for these three stations initially, and may include elements that will be common to all stations. It is anticipated that a second artist selection process will take place for the remaining four stations at a later date.

More information about the GLX Art Program and the RFQ can be found on the
GLX website

Artists are strongly encouraged to participate in the prequalification/information session prior to the application deadline. This session will take place on February 6, 2014 at 5 PM and will be held at the GLX Project Office (100 Summer Street, Suite 250, Boston, MA).

Submissions must be received using the online platform by Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM (Noon).

01/31/2014

MassDOT Seeks Public Feedback: Capital Investment Plan, weMove Mass

MassDOT will continue a series of public meetings in February on two recently released transportation planning documents for public review: a Long-Range Transportation Plan, “weMove Massachusetts (WMM): Planning for Performance,” and the first draft of its five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for FY2014-FY2018.

The $12.4 billion CIP program makes long-term investments that will create growth and opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth and represents the first unified, multi-modal capital investment plan covering all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The plan makes investments across the entire state, is flexible and spends wisely while creating thousands of jobs over the next several years.

"The five-year plan will invest in projects identified in The Way Forward and confirmed by the outreach MassDOT conducted on the weMove Massachusetts project," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "WMM continues MassDOT’s commitment to improve performance for every mode of travel. It is based on national performance data, MassDOT policies, and robust civic engagement."

The centerpiece of the weMove Massachusetts Report (WMM) is the Planning for Performance tool, which can be used to calculate the performance outcomes that would result from different funding levels available to MassDOT. The tool also begins to incorporate important policy initiatives, such as mode shift and sustainability, in the planning process. WMM analyzes key components of the transportation system: bridges, roadways, buses and trains, railroad tracks and signal, and bike paths. Going forward, the Planning for Performance tool will allow MassDOT to connect its policies, investments, and funding to its customers’ needs for a safer and more effective transportation system. MassDOT will host six public meetings across the Commonwealth to receive feedback on the Planning for Performance tool and the draft CIP plan.

The public meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield
  • Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 -8:00 pm, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth
  • Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Lynn City Hall, City Council Chambers

The WMM report is posted online for public review at www.massdot.state.ma.us/wemove/.
Also available for Review is the Capital Investment Plan.

MassDOT welcomes comments on both documents. Comments can be sent to Scott Hamwey, Office of Transportation Planning, MassDOT, Ten Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116; or scott.hamwey@state.ma.us - 857-368-8857. MassDOT summarized the results of its WMM outreach in a Stakeholder Summary Report, which is also posted on the website.


Burns Bridge Project Ahead of Schedule

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project reached a milestone in late January as work is ahead of schedule.

The first half of the new Burns Bridge is now open. The structure is currently carrying two lanes of eastbound traffic and two lanes of westbound traffic between Worcester and Shrewsbury. For pedestrians, the sidewalk on the south side of the new span is open for safe crossings of the Lake. This important milestone in the Burns project was achieved four months ahead of schedule.

The 1916 Burns Bridge is now closed to all traffic and under demolition, a process which is currently anticipated to take approximately four months. Once the old bridge has been demolished, the second half of the new one will be built in the same approximate location. When complete, the new Kenneth F. Burns Bridge will offer three lanes in both directions and dedicated turning lanes, along with improved bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is one of the "mega" projects now in progress as part of the Patrick Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program, an eight-year, $3 billion effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the project website, www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.


RMV Extends Medical Self-Certification Deadline to April

MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles announced it is extending the January 30 deadline for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders to meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s requirement that CDL & Commercial Permit holders provide their licensing jurisdiction with their self-certification information and a copy of the US DOT Medical Certificate. The deadline has been extended by 90 days to April 30, 2014.

"I understand that a CDL is a professional license and our CDL drivers depend on the license for their livelihood," said Registrar Rachel Kaprielian. "This extension will allow for an orderly completion of the federal requirement and will not unduly burden our drivers."

As of mid-January, approximately 100,000 of the 145,000 CDL holders in Massachusetts had self-certified. More than 13,000 completed their self-certification online at MassRMV.com. CDL holders are encouraged to complete this process online as soon as possible.

This requirement is the result of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule intended to improve highway safety by insuring that only medically qualified drivers are operating on our highways. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles began accepting driver self-certifications and copies of US DOT Medical Certificates in August 2012.

The RMV has made compliance with this rule easy for drivers from the convenience of their home computer. Visit our web site, www.MassRMV.com and select Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Self-Certification, which can be found in the Online Services section of the Website. If a driver is providing the Registry with a US DOT Medical Certificate, they must have a copy saved on their computer as a JPG or PDF file before beginning the transaction. The customer will be asked to upload the US DOT Medical Certificate during the transaction.

Additionally, drivers are encouraged to check the status of their self-certification at MassRMV.com. For a driver to verify their license status including self-certification, go to 'License Permit Status' under License/ID, Check My Status in the Online Services section of the Website. After entering the authentication information requested, they will be able to see their license status and their current self-certification status.

Failure to complete driver self-certification by April 30, 2014, or failure to re-certify by the self-certification expiration date thereafter, will result in the downgrade of the driver’s CDL to a Class D License.

Drivers are advised that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announcement of January 10, 2014 only extends the date that drivers must carry a physical copy of their US DOT Medical Certificate with them for an additional year, until January 30, 2015.

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