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MassDOT February Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 27
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

On the Trans Blog

RMV Attleboro Branch Adds Permit Testing

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian joined local officials and announced the availability of driver’s license permit testing at the Attleboro RMV Branch, located at 75 Park Street.

The Attleboro Branch is one of two express branches in the Commonwealth that provide limited license and registration transactions. The availability of the permit testing in Attleboro will help the RMV manage an anticipated influx of test takers during the busy school vacation period.

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Storm Response: Governor Patrick Thanks MassDOT Employees

Governor Deval Patrick this week visited the MassDOT Highway Operations Center (HOC) to thank employees for their continuing role during the Blizzard of 2013. Operator stations and the MassDOT Storm Desk were manned 24/7 during blizzard. The Storm Desk is tasked with logging the equipment, personnel and snow plow vendors working to treat and clear highways across the Commonwealth. Before and during the height of the storm, the HOC worked to program highway message boards around the Commonwealth to provide critical travel information. Operators continue to monitor storm recovery operations and are dispatching snow removal crews and taking reports from the public on sections of highway still requiring attention.

The HOC is charged with detecting roadway incidents, receiving reports of roadway incidents, and coordinating traffic operations, maintenance and emergency response activities with MassDOT personnel and other agencies such as the State Police and local fire departments.

Winter Storm: MassDOT, MBTA Preparation
Stockbridge Station

When Governor Deval Patrick signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic on all state roads in advance of the winter storm, MassDOT crews were already pre-treating roadways and preparing to respond to the storm, as seen at the Hanover Depot, above.

More than 4,000 pieces of equipment are available upon call to treat and clear state roads, and more than 3,600 were in action simultaneously during the peak of the heavy snow.

Message boards were activated notifying drivers of the impending storm. MassDOT live online traffic cameras displayed current conditions on major state roadways.

MBTA buses, Red, Blue, Orange, Green, and Silver Lines and commuter rail suspended operations through early Sunday afternoon in a successful effort to keep employees and the public safe while working 24/7 to reopen most services by Monday morning’s commute.

MBTA Government Center Station Project Update
Government Center

The MBTA Government Center Station Project construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2013 with site preparation and work zone set up in support of the full station closure in late summer.

The $91 million, three-year Government Center Station Project will bring the new station, seen at left, into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and combines improvements to the Green Line Station, Blue Line Station, and Cambridge Street/Government Center Plaza.

The project includes reconstruction of both the Green Line and Blue Line platforms, new elevators from the surface to the Green Line level and from the Green Line level to the Blue Line level, a new headhouse structure as the primary entrance to the Station, and reconstruction of Cambridge Street and City Hall plaza in the vicinity of the station.

The result will be a new station fully accessible, customer-friendly and efficient that creates an accessible route to Boston City Hall and surrounding public sidewalks. The reconfiguration of the plaza is consistent with the City’s initiative of greening City Hall plaza.

The project will close Government Center Station to patrons for 24 months during the construction period by diverting passengers to other nearby stations.

Temporary closure of the station to patrons eliminates the need for a temporary headhouse, avoids numerous weekend and nightly closures, and allows construction to proceed more rapidly, reducing the overall construction schedule.

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