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Marshfield Airport Hosts Vessel Safety Day


The Coast Guard joined the Marshfield Harbormaster this month in hosting a “Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Day” at Marshfield Municipal Airport, Harlow Field.

View the Vessel Safety Day blog post

MassDOT Community
Transit Grants


MassDOT's Rail & Transit Division announced the new MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2013. This new application is a consolidation of several grant applications by the Community Transit Programs Unit and Regional Planning Agencies.

View the Community Transit Grants blog post

03/16/2012

MassDOT, MBTA Letter to Customers

By Richard A. Davey, Secretary and CEO, MassDOT
Jonathan Davis, Acting General Manager, MBTA

Over the last nine weeks we have engaged in a public process to allow our riders to weigh in on recommendations for closing a $159 million budget gap next year. As we conclude that process this week, we want to take a minute to thank you for the unprecedented level of engagement you demonstrated over this period

Since January, nearly 6,000 of you attended our 31 public meetings, with nearly 2,000 individuals offering public comment. In addition, we received 5,850 emails from you about the importance of the MBTA in your lives. By comparison, the last time the MBTA raised fares in 2007 just 800 people attended a public hearing.

The choices before us are difficult, to be sure. Hearing your individual stories only makes them more so. We know that a quality, reliable public transit system is essential to getting our customers to work, school, doctor’s appointments and other activities. We know a public transit option makes our air cleaner and roads less congested. And we know that it is a lifeline for many of you.

We have been honest about our financial problems and we thank you for your willingness to listen. Massive debt costs, coupled with increased operating expenses for things like energy and health care are overburdening our system. The system we have today we cannot afford and the system we want is well beyond reach.

Before our April 4th Board Meeting, we will lay out our final recommendation for closing the Fiscal Year 2013 gap. We continue to work on identifying prudent one-time revenues that will allow us to stave off some of the proposed service cuts for one year. Our final proposal will include both cuts and a fare increase, however

Unfortunately, without a new dedicated revenue source, we know we will be back in this very place next year. Many legislators attended our public hearings, acknowledging the need for a new solution. The Governor also heard your voices at the hearing he attended in Revere. Our hope is that we may continue these discussions in the coming weeks and months so that we can collectively figure out a way to continue to provide a world-class public transit system to you.

This is your system. Long after we’re gone, customers will still have a need and desire for a public transit option. The decisions we make today will have a lasting impact on this system, and we thank you for remaining engaged in this process.


MassDOT Graduate Student Fellowships

In October 2011 MassDOT's Accelerated Bridge Program received AASHTO’s Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation. The award winner each year is a state transportation department that has implemented an outstanding innovative program.

AASHTO cited as an example of innovation MassDOT’s groundbreaking “93Fast14” project that replaced 14 bridges on Interstate 93 in Medford during 10 weekends in June, July, and August.

MassDOT received a $10,000 graduate fellowship for a state university student or students pursuing a transportation-related degree. MassDOT has decided to award graduate fellowships of $1,000 to ten successful applicants. Fellowship candidates must be currently enrolled in graduate studies or have a letter of acceptance to a graduate program at a state university. Application requirements will be posted on the MassDOT website.

The application deadline is April 30, 2012


MassDOT Board April Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, April 4 , 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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