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April 9
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On the MassDOT Blog

South Station Theatre Reeled Them In

For today's South Station travelers, the latest news reports are as close as their smartphones - or at least the television monitors in the waiting area.

But pre-television, not to mention pre-Internet, news reports with moving images could only be seen at the local theater. Fortunately for Boston train travelers, South Station had such a venue in a former wing of the building near the corner of Summer Street and Dorchester Avenue.

View the entire South Station Theatre Blog Post.

March 28, 2014

Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options

The Patrick Administration this week celebrated the efforts of more than 150 Massachusetts businesses to promote healthier, more environmentally-friendly commuting at the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards ceremony at historic Fenway Park. The recognized employers have been successful in administering programs and resources to encourage their employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling or walking.

"By 2030, I hope to see multi-modal Massachusetts triple the share of walking, bicycling and riding public transit. The Massachusetts employers we have recognized today are helping our state to move toward achieving this mode shift goal," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "It is important that we keep these programs and resources going to encourage employees to use a sustainable mode of transportation both in their work and personal lives."

MassDOT hosted the ECO Awards in collaboration with MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Council of Transportation Management Associations. MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassCommute actively support employers across the Commonwealth in their work to reduce drive-alone trips to work sites while encouraging employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, and walking - or avoid commuting altogether by encouraging telework opportunities. Together, MassRIDES and MassCommute have over 700 employer partners and member organizations that support green and healthy transportation options.

"MassCommute is proud to partner with MassDOT and MassRIDES to recognize employer members and partners across the state. We are honored to celebrate our highest level of participation at this year's ECO Awards," said MassCommute Executive Director, David Kucharsky.

"These employers are making choices to promote sustainable transportation initiatives and advance employer, personal and statewide goals for a healthy and clean environment. Together, we have saved over 11.6 tons of emissions from entering our air in 2013. We couldn't be more pleased," said MassRIDES Director, Kristin Slaton.

The awards ceremony at Fenway Park celebrated the efforts of over 150 MassRIDES partners and MassCommute members. Eight employers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments, including:

Leadership in Commuter Options

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Bicycling
  • Northeastern University: Bicycling
  • Biogen Idec: Public Transit
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratories: Carpool/Vanpool

Leadership in Commuter Engagement

  • Boston Properties, Atlantic Wharf: Property Manager
  • Allegro MicroSystems LLC: Employer Transportation Coordinator

Rising Star

  • State Street Bank & Trust

Leadership in Innovation

  • Cell Signaling Technology

The ECO Awards Ceremony is presented with sponsorships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, vRide, NuRide, URS Corporation, 128 Business Council, ZipCar, Eastern Bank, the Rideshare Company, Taza Chocolate and the Charles River Transportation Management Association. The generous support of these sponsors allows for greater recognition of sustainable transportation efforts throughout the Commonwealth.

To see a full list of ECO Award winners, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/ecoawards

Silver Line Gateway Public Meeting: April 1

The MassDOT Silver Line Gateway project team has scheduled a public meeting to review the proposed design as follows:

Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 PM - 8 PM, City Council Chambers at Chelsea City Hall, 500 Broadway.

Preliminary project plans will be available to view prior to the meeting at 6 PM. A Spanish interpreter will be provided at the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to comment, please mail your comments to: Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Joseph A. Pavao, Jr., P.E., Project Manager, Project File No. 604428.

The Silver Line Gateway Expansion will create a new branch of the MBTA Silver Line Service that will connect South Station and the Seaport District with East Boston and Chelsea. This service with an estimated travel time of just 15 to 19 minutes from the Seaport to Chelsea will connect thousands of residents north of downtown Boston with the rapidly growing Seaport District. The Silver Line Gateway Expansion will also include the modernization of the Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, which will be relocated to Everett Avenue as part of a new multimodal Silver Line/Commuter Rail Station.

Visit the website at www.massdot.state.ma.us/silverlinegateway to learn more about this important project. Please encourage others who might be interested to go to the website and sign up for email alerts. To learn more please contact: 857-368-8857 or scott.hamwey@state.ma.us.

Boston I-90 Weekend Lane Restrictions Continue

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and MassDOT advised motorists of the anticipated traffic impacts that will result from weekend lane restrictions on the Massachusetts Turnpike that support MCCA’s project to remove the ceiling of the Prudential Tunnel.

The restrictions will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction on the Massachusetts Turnpike through the Pru Tunnel on the following weekends beginning at 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday:

  • March 28 - 30
  • April 4 - 6
  • April 25 - 27

Traffic congestion during daylight hours is expected to be significant on the Turnpike in Boston in both directions. This will impact traffic on surrounding roadways in the Back Bay and the Charles River roads.

It is also possible traffic will back up onto Interstate 93 south and north of Boston. Because of this, MCCA and MassDOT advise motorists without a destination in Boston during these weekends to use Interstate 95/Route 128 to reach points south and north of Boston.

Motorists destined for Logan Airport are urged to use the Callahan Tunnel or to approach Logan via Route 16 to Route 1A. Travelers should also consider using public transportation during these weekend periods.

Along with delays, motorists entering the work zone, where the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph, should expect to encounter entrance and exit ramp closures and detours in this area during the project. Further details are available on the project website at www.prutunnelproject.info.

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