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Safe Driving Student Video Contests

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division has organized the 5th annual "Dance. Don’t Chance" prom and graduation safe driving video contest for schools across the Commonwealth.

The safe driving video contest asks students to write and produce a 60-second video to promote safe, drug and alcohol free driving both during the prom and graduation season and year-round. The two top-rated videos will be publicly announced later this spring, with winning schools and individual students receiving prizes from participating sponsors.

Student videos must be submitted by early March 2012. Visit the "Dance. Don't Chance" website to learn more about deadlines and guidelines for participating in this year's contest.

02/10/2012

Longfellow Bridge Project Public Hearing Set

MassDOT has scheduled Public Hearing on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project as follows:

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm, State Transportation Building Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3, Boston, 10 Park Plaza

The public hearing will provide opportunity for public comments on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

The Longfellow Bridge is a signature project of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to replace or rehabilitate structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

The Longfellow is one of the most architecturally significant bridges in Massachusetts, completed in 1908 and renamed to honor Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1927. The bridge joins Cambridge Street in Boston with Main Street in Cambridge and carries the MBTA Red Line and other modes of transportation across the Charles River. The bridge presently carries 28,000 motor vehicles, 90,000 transit users, and significant numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists each day.

The MassDOT Highway Division's Accelerated Bridge Program project will repair structural deficiencies and accommodate public transit, motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian transportation options, while restoring the historic elements of the bridge. The Environmental Assessment document includes the preferred cross section of the bridge that will carry one lane of traffic outbound and two lanes inbound, with sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides and the MBTA Red Line in the center.

Written views received by MassDOT up to five days prior to the public hearing will be displayed for public inspection. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the meeting begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT project website.

Comments on the Environmental Assessment must be submitted by March 21, 2012. Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Pamela S. Stephenson, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, 55 Broadway, 10th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142, Attention: Damaris Santiago with a copy to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Acting Chief Engineer, MassDOT Highway Division, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Kevin Walsh, Project File No. 604361. Such submissions will also be accepted at the meeting. Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us.


MBTA Fare and Service Hearings Continue

The MBTA next week continues a series of public meetings regarding proposed fare and service changes with four meetings in Boston, Framingham, Quincy, and Malden. The public is encouraged to participate. Times and locations for next week's meetings are as follows:

Monday, February 13, 6:00-8:00 PM- Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street

Tuesday, February 14, 6:00-8:00 PM- Framingham Town Hall, 150 Concord Street

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30-8:30 PM- Quincy High School Auditorium, 100 Coddington Street

Thursday, February 16, 6:00-8:00 PM- Malden City Council Chambers, 200 Pleasant Street

For a full list of future public meetings and information, please visit:
http://www.mbta.com/jointhediscussion.

Have your voice heard by sending an email with your questions, comments, and ideas to fareproposal@mbta.com. The MBTA’s public outreach process continues with the acceptance of public comment through March 1, 2012 electronically at mbta.com, by email at fareproposal@mbta.com, via mail to MBTA, Ten Park Plaza, Boston, Ma 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee, and by phone at 617-222-3200/ TTY (617) 222-5146.

A final fare increase and service reduction recommendation will be made to the MBTA’s Board of Directors this spring and changes will be implemented on July 1, 2012.


MassDOT Board March Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, March 14 , 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.    

 The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board.  All meetings are open to the public. The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.

Board Meeting Schedule

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