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Parking under I-93 Southeast Expressway Advances
I-93 Viaduct Parking Light Art March 10, 2014

MassDOT this week announced a licensing agreement has been reached to provide parking in two lots under the elevated portion of the I-93 Southeast Expressway in Boston.

The agreement with GTI Properties, a locally owned and operated property management and development company, calls for management and security for 235 parking spaces available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for use by the public. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be set aside for use by the nearby Pine Street Inn non-profit agency serving the homeless and 15 spaces for the Zipcar vehicle-sharing service. The facility will also include up to 12 spaces for electric vehicle parking and provide bike cages for up to 23 bicycles. In addition, GTI will host up to 12 events throughout the year at the facility and work with MassDOT to maintain the current revolving artistic lighting installations.

View the entire I-93 Southeast Expressway Parking Blog Post.

March 14, 2014

RMV, AAA Expand Partnerships

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue and AAA Southern New England President and CEO Mark Shaw this week announced plans to double the number of AAA branches offering RMV renewal services to a dozen locations by late spring and to increase the number of transactions that may be performed at AAA offices.

"MassDOT and the RMV have found a trusted partner in AAA," said Registrar Blue. "We are thrilled to move forward with the expansion of services within the AAA network that will better serve our mutual customers and help reduce wait times."

"Our relationship with the RMV has proven to be an extraordinarily productive public-private partnership. We welcome this opportunity to enhance convenience for the motoring public, and look forward to working with the Registrar to further expand our Registry Services to drivers in Massachusetts," said Shaw.

Presently, there are six AAA branches offering RMV services and these are the only places to renew a license or registration in person on a Saturday. AAA members may complete select transactions, such as license and registration renewals at its branches in Boston, Framingham, Saugus, South Dennis, West Springfield and Worcester. The new AAA locations to offer Registry services will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The partnership expansion will also allow AAA to process registration transfers, registration amendments, commercial registration renewals (under 55,000 pounds) and duplicate titles (not requiring a lien release).

AAA has also partnered with MassDOT to provide E-ZPass transponders to customers at its branch locations across Massachusetts. MassDOT continues to explore opportunities to enhance customer service at the same time reducing its costs.


"37 Billion Mile Data Challenge" Announced

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), MassDOT, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) have opened a public competition, The 37Billion Mile Data Challenge, designed to inspire the technical community to delve into a new trove of anonymous vehicle-use data and discover insights that can inform policy and help the Commonwealth build a more efficient and sustainable transportation system.

Individuals or teams are invited to join the competition, which is now open and ends on April 19th, at www.37BillionMileChallenge.org. There is no fee to participate. Awards will be given to entries that are exceptionally insightful, interactive or actionable. All entries will be posted online, where the general public will have the ability to select an additional People's Choice Award winner. Prizes include cash, pre-loaded Charlie Cards, souvenir license plates, and more. An awards ceremony will be held on May 1st from 7-9 at District Hall in the Boston Innovation District.

Challenge Questions

Vehicles registered in Massachusetts traveled a collective 37 billion miles in 2010, putting a heavy burden on the Commonwealth’s transportation system, the environment, and family finances. MassDOT, MAPC, and local communities across the Commonwealth have made it a priority to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Participants are free to explore all aspects of the dataset, and encouraged to consider these challenge questions:

  • What factors make a neighborhood more likely to have high car ownership and mileage?
  • How much does the average household spend on gas, and where does driving place the biggest burden on family budgets?
  • Where might investments in walking, biking and transit have the biggest impact in reducing how much people drive?
  • What is the best way for communities to measure GHG emissions and set goals for reducing them?
  • Do minimum parking requirements for new developments match up with vehicle ownership rates in different communities?

Governor Patrick Celebrates MBTA Yawkey Station Opening

Governor Deval Patrick this week celebrated the grand opening of the new Yawkey Commuter Rail Station and the start of enhanced Commuter Rail service on the Framingham/ Worcester Line. The Yawkey Commuter Rail station, which serves Fenway Park and the Longwood Medical area, is now fully accessible, allows for increased service along the Worcester/Framingham line and will expand economic opportunities for each city and town along the line. The Governor was joined by MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Timothy Murray and Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino.

"The opening of Yawkey Station is the culmination of many years of cooperation and partnership to increase access to accessible, convenient and efficient public transportation between Worcester and Fenway," said Governor Patrick. "This project shows that our growth strategy is real, not rhetorical. We must use public investment - of time, money and ideas - to stimulate growth and build opportunity for our residents.

During construction, the tracks at Yawkey Commuter Rail Station were realigned to allow for double-track capacity, serving as the catalyst for expanded Framingham/Worcester Line service

With the new schedule, inbound departures from Worcester to Boston increase from 17 to 20 trains per day. Outbound departures from Boston to Worcester will also increase, from 16 to 20 trains per day. The service will also offer three new off-peak trains, including a new departure at 11:10 p.m. for those leaving the area later in the evening. Additionally, there will be an increase from two to three trains leaving Boston, scheduled to arrive in Worcester before 8:30 a.m. Likewise, there will be an increase in service during peak times, with a new train departing from South Station at 6:40 p.m., stopping at Yawkey and then ending in Worcester. An additional new outbound train will depart South Station at 9:25 p.m. before stopping at Yawkey.

Yawkey Commuter Rail station now has two fully accessible, full-length train platforms, four new elevators and an accessibility ramp. The new Yawkey Station will provide more convenient, safer and more comfortable access to thousands of people living, working or visiting the Fenway neighborhood.

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