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On the MassDOT Blog

MBTA Government Center Station Closes March 22

The MBTA Government Center Station will be closed beginning on Saturday, March 22, 2014, for two years while crews upgrade the station into a fully accessible, safer, modern, more comfortable facility. The station will reopen in spring 2016.

View the entire Government Center Station Blog post.

To learn more about the project including walking directions to other stations and follow the project during construction, please visit the project website: www.mbta.com/govcenter

02/28/2014

BusPlus: New Regional Services Added

MassDOT in coordination with Yankee Line, Inc., this week 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:

Yankee Line: Acton, Concord to Boston (Back Bay), one additional round-trip to Concord, Monday – Friday, expected to begin in March 17th.

The new schedule will add a 9:20 AM departure from Concord to Boston and a 2:50 PM departure from Boston back to Concord. This will supplement the existing schedule that departs Acton at 7:00 AM and Concord at 7:10 AM with a return departing Copley Square at 5:05 PM, every Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Additional new BusPlus services involving other bus companies serving additional communities are beginning in early 2014. The regional service improvements provided through the new BusPlus service includes the creation of new routes, addition of stops to existing routes, extension of existing routes, and increased route frequency.

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.


Green Line Extension Work: Medford

MassDOT’s Green Line Extension project continues to move forward with work beginning next week on Winchester Street in Medford. On Monday, March 3rd, project Phase 1 Contractor, Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., will begin the reconstruction of the sewer laterals on Winchester Street and the new 30” drain line.

Winchester Street will become a one way street from Harvard Street south to Newbern Ave. During the week from 8AM to 4PM, Winchester Street will be closed to all traffic except local residents. After working hours, Winchester Street will be reopened to one way traffic.

During this construction, expected to last for approximately three months, two way traffic will be allowed on Wareham Street and Marion Street for residents only and closed to all general traffic. Detour signs will be posted.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line to Medford. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the GLX Team at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or visit http://greenlineextension.eot.state.ma.us/index.html


Bay State Bike Week: May 10-18

Bay State Bike Week Sponsors, MassDOT, MassBike and MassRIDES look forward to celebrating another successful Bay State Bike Week across the Commonwealth this May! This year’s events are scheduled for May 10-18.

In 2013, approximately 14,000 people participated in more than 175 events held across the Commonwealth.

Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week. Bay State Bike Week has grown from a small number of organized rides to a variety of events including film screenings, bike breakfasts, festivals and more. Organizers collaborate with local advocates, bike shop owners, and others who travel by bike.

To plan an event in your community to engage new riders and promote the benefits of cycling for recreation and transportation, check our web resources. Specific event participation and registration information will be posted on the Bay State Bike Week website: http://baystatebikeweek.org/

For more information, contact Becca Cyr at Rebecca.Cyr@state.ma.us

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