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MassDOT April Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 10
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
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River Street/Western Avenue Bridge Public Meeting

MassDOT and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office have scheduled a Public Meeting for the River Street Bridge/Western Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project:

Wednesday, April 10
5:30-7:30 PM
Honan-Allston Library
Community Room
300 North Harvard Street
Boston

The purpose of this meeting is to present the River Street Bridge and Western Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project, alternatives being evaluated as part of the design process, and information from the Environmental Notification Form (ENF), filed on March 15.

MassDOT will provide a project presentation. MEPA staff will lead a discussion and answer questions about the project and environmental impacts.

The ENF may be viewed on the River Street/Western Avenue Project website.

Or to obtain a copy, contact Michael Trepanier by email.

The River Street and Western Avenue Bridge Project will rehabilitate the structurally deficient arch and overpass bridges as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program.

For public meeting accommodation or language assistance, please contact Stephanie Boundy by email or call 857-368-8904.

04/05/2013

MBTA Campaign Targets Inappropriate Behavior
Respect PSA

The MBTA, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and Fenway Health announced a partnership to continue a campaign started in 2008 regarding sexual assault and harassment on the MBTA. The renewed effort sends a clear, strong message that inappropriate behavior and illegal sexual touching will not be tolerated.

The campaign hopes to empower the riding public to report such incidents and take action to prevent them. The campaign continues to let riders know that the MBTA and the MBTA Transit Police take this seriously and will arrest and prosecute offenders. Posters will be going up in the trains and busses to highlight the renewed campaign.

“I want to thank the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Fenway Health for working closely with our police department”, said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott. “Strong community partnerships are an important part of our ongoing efforts to maintain a safe transit environment for all of our customers.”

“This has been groundbreaking work that we have been able to do in partnership with the MBTA, the MBTA transit police, and for this latest version, with Fenway Health too. We know that these efforts have empowered people to come forward and to expect a safe ride.” Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella stated.

Chief Paul MacMillan of the Transit Police said, “We want our customers to know that they should not tolerate this behavior. We suggest they immediately call attention to the situation and let other passengers know what is occurring. If possible, they should take a picture of the offender if it is safe to do so. We also want to ensure they make a report to the Transit Police.”


Bates Bridge Project Advances in Spring 2013
bridge under construction

The Bates Bridge Replacement Project over the Merrimack River in Groveland/Haverhill continues to progress in April 2013 with roadway work on both sides of the bridge.

The $49.7 million project will replace the existing Bates Bridge with a new bridge located approximately 60 feet downstream.

The existing bridge has remained in service during construction. The new bridge will have a movable span similar to the existing bridge. The project also includes reconstruction of the approach roadways in Haverhill and Groveland and traffic signal improvements at the intersection of Groveland Street with Lincoln Avenue in Haverhill and at the intersection of Groveland Street with Main Street near Elm Park in Groveland.

During the first two weeks of April, MassDOT contractors are reconstructing the section of Orchard Avenue on the Haverhill side of the new bridge, with the roadway closed and a short detour in place using Ordway Avenue. Roadway reconstruction on the Groveland approach is expected to begin in late April. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2014.


Real World Design Challenge Students Recognized
recognition ceremony

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this week joined MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator Chris Willenborg at Hanscom Field in Bedford to congratulate local students for their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest and participation in the Real World Design Challenge, a competition that tests the student’s ingenuity and problem-solving skills in the field of aeronautics.

“Governor Patrick and I applaud the efforts of these young innovators,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray, Chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “Academic challenges, like this one, along with quality education and other enrichment programs, allow us as a Commonwealth to offer students an experience that will shape their futures. I am confident that investing in their education will positively impact our collective future.”

This year's Real World competition involved designing a Small Unmanned Aircraft System that included one or more fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial vehicles while developing a business plan in support of their system. The system had a mission scenario: locate a missing, injured and immobilized child in a large area of New Mexico.

More than a dozen schools entered the challenge. The first place winner and State Champion is Marlborough High School followed by Newburyport High School in second place and Lowell High School third. Marlborough’s team “WingIt” will compete in the national challenge for the top National title later this month.

“The transportation industry thrives on innovation, and with students like these, our future looks bright,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “I applaud all of the schools who participated in the challenge.”

“Aviation education outreach, such as the Real World Design Challenge, is critical to shaping tomorrow’s workforce in the aviation and aerospace industry,” said MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Chris Willenborg. “The aviation industry is a significant economic engine creating over 124,000 direct/indirect jobs and generating nearly $12 billion each year in economic benefits for the Commonwealth.”

MassDOT’s Aeronautics Division coordinates the annual Real World Design Challenge, run by a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education


Excellence in Commuter Options Awards Announced
ECO awards ceremony

The Patrick-Murray Administration celebrated the efforts of more than 130 Massachusetts businesses to promote healthier, more environmentally-friendly commuting at the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards ceremony at Fenway Park. The Administration recognized employers who have been successful in getting their employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling or walking.

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 to reduce drive-alone trips to work sites by using public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, walking, and telework. MassRIDES and MassCommute together have over 700 employer partners and member organizations that support green and healthy transportation options.

The awards ceremony at Fenway Park celebrated the efforts of over 130 MassRIDES partners and MassCommute members. Ten employers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments, including:

    Leadership in Commuter Options
  • AstraZeneca: Alternative Work Arrangements
  • Axcelis Technologies: Bicycling
  • City of Northampton: Walking
  • EBSCO Publishing: Public Transit
  • Mass Mutual: Vanpooling
  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell: Carpooling
    Leadership in Commuter Engagement
  • Davis-Marcus Management: Property Manager
  • Foley Hoag LLP: Employer Transportation Coordinator
    Rising Star
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
    Leadership in Innovation
  • City of Cambridge
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