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Save the Date! Bay State Bike Week: May 11-19

Community groups and bicycling supporters in 2012 hosted more than 150 bicycling events across Massachusetts to celebrate Bay State Bike Week. These diverse, community-based events to show that bicycling can be fun, safe and healthy included organized bike rides, bike breakfasts and even a race to see which mode of transportation can provide the fastest work commute! The challenge pitted a bicycle against a car and transit, spanning a distance of three miles from Davis Square to Kendall Square. Which mode was the quickest? The bicycle of course!

This year, Bay State Bike Week will take place from Saturday, May 11th thru Sunday, May 19th. For the first time, this celebratory week of bicycle friendly activities will include two weekends to extend the opportunity for even more bicycling events.

After last year's Bay State Bike Week, Massachusetts was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the 3rd most “bicycle friendly” state. Ranked 19th in 2009, this was a significant accomplishment for Massachusetts!

Bay State Bike Week also plays a central role in MassDOT’s mode shift goals to triple the levels of bicycling, walking and transit users throughout the Commonwealth by 2030.

Bay Sate Bike Week Sponsors, MassDOT, MassBike and MassRIDES look forward to celebrating another successful Bay State Bike Week across the Commonwealth this May! Specific event participation and registration information will be posted on the Bay State Bike Week website leading up to May 11th.For more information, contact Becca Cyr at Rebecca.Cyr@state.ma.us

03/15/2013

Governor Patrick Files Transportation Bond Bill

Governor Deval Patrick this week filed a transportation bond bill to authorize and fund the 21st Century Transportation Plan "The Way Forward", the 10-year plan for the next generation of transportation investments to modernize and maintain a transportation system that spurs economic growth and creates jobs across the Commonwealth.

The bill invests $13.7 billion over ten years to address a backlog of deferred maintenance and strategically improve our transportation system to reduce congestion on roads, curb delays and minimize crowding on trains and buses, and improve customer service. In addition, this bill continues funding current investments identified in the statewide road and bridge program identified in the Fiscal Year 2013-2017 Capital Investment Plan. In total, the bill authorizes $19 billion of capital investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system. Taken together, this legislation represents the administration’s commitment to a 21st century transportation system for Massachusetts.

“These investments will create the jobs and opportunity today that will build a stronger Commonwealth for tomorrow,” said Governor Patrick. “A modern, safe, equitable 21st Century transportation system is what our citizens want and our Commonwealth needs to unlock economic growth in every region of the Commonwealth.”

“The Governor and Lieutenant Governor from the very beginning have focused on reversing the previous inadequate maintenance of our roads, bridges, and rails through commitments such as the Accelerated Bridge Program, and the bond bill supports the next critical steps in maintaining and improving transportation for decades to come,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.

The transportation bond bill, to be funded by existing revenues and additional revenues through passage of tax reform, includes the following investments to complete the 21st Century Transportation Plan and fund the existing transportation capital plan for the next four years. Without passage of the Governor’s plan, necessary road and bridge projects will go unaddressed, creating longer commutes, eliminating public transit options and slowing economic recovery and growth.

  • $3.4 billion to provide $300 million annually in Chapter 90 funds, a 50 percent increase, distributed to Towns and Cities for local road and bridge projects
  • $2.4 billion for transportation construction projects over the next four years that are eligible for 82 percent federal reimbursement of costs, leaving a net state borrowing cost of $432 million
  • $4.6 billion to fully state-fund highway maintenance and construction, including major projects identified in the 21st Century Transportation Plan, such as the I-93/I-95 interchange and Springfield I-91 viaduct
  • $4.4 billion for regional rail projects identified in the Transportation Plan including Green Line expansion, South Coast Rail and South Station expansion
  • $3.3 billion to modernize MBTA subway and bus systems to improve service, safety and customer convenience
  • $604 million for regional transit to modernize bus fleets and infrastructure in regional systems statewide
  • $146 million for information technology projects, including the statutory requirement to implement an asset management system.

Fore River Bridge Public Meeting Set
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A Public Information Meeting for the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project has been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm
The Fore River Club
16 Nevada Street, Quincy

The meeting will provide an overview of the construction plans and traffic impacts for the replacement of the Fore River Bridge, which carries Route 3A over the Fore River between Quincy and Weymouth.

The meeting will also provide residents and other stakeholders within the project area with an opportunity meet MassDOT’s design/build team for the construction phase of the project. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will lead a discussion to answer questions.

The Fore River Bridge Replacement is part of the $3 billion Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program, repairing and replacing structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth. The Fore River Bridge project includes the complete replacement and eventual removal of the existing temporary span. The project, already underway, is schedule to be completed in 2016.

To be added to the project email list, please contact Donny Dailey, 857-368-8902 or donny.dailey@state.ma.us. The Fore River Club is accessible. To request language or access accommodations, please contact MassDOT’s director of Civil Rights at (617) 973-7171, TTD/TTY (617) 973-7715 or by email at MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us

For more information, we invite you to visit the Fore River Bridge Project website.


GreenDOT Plan Leads the Way: Sustainable Transportation
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Over two years of research, collaboration, and public dialogue have gone into creating the GreenDOT Implementation Plan that provides the framework for embedding sustainability principles into core business practices at MassDOT. This Plan fundamentally changes our priorities and choices across all elements of our transportation system, from facility operations to future project selection and design. The Plan builds off the GreenDOT Policy, established in 2010 with three primary objectives: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote the healthy transportation options of bicycling, public transit and walking; and support smart growth development.


The Plan references the many innovations already underway at MassDOT including:

  • utilizing low emission transit vehicles
  • investing in hybrid light duty vehicles
  • retrofitting tunnel and traffic signal lights with energy efficient LED bulbs
  • issuing electric vehicle license plates
  • reducing mowing along state highways
  • and repaving roadways with warm mix asphalt

At the same time, the plan looks to initiate new ideas and aggressive measures to take our sustainability work to the next level.

The Final GreenDOT Implementation Plan now includes our visionary statewide mode shift goal of tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking by 2030. We will also achieve positive public health outcomes by providing more healthy transportation options for all our communities.

To learn more, please view the GreenDOT Implementation Plan.

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