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93Fast14, Interchange 8B Projects Honored

MassDOT's Fall River- Freetown Route 24 Interchange 8B project and the TranSystems firm received the 2012 Gold Award for Outstanding Design Excellence by ACEC, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts.

The $35 million project completed and opened in January 2012 created a new exit and interchange, 8B, between the existing exits 8 and 9 on Route 24 in Freetown, funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The project will reduce congestion at exits 8, 9 and South Main Street while providing access to the new Fall River Executive Park.

The project work began in early 2010 and was completed on schedule in less than two years. To speed construction and minimize the disruption to the traveling public, MassDOT used an expedited design/build approach to construction management.

In addition, MassDOT's 2011 Accelerated Bridge Program project, 93Fast14, and the Tetra Tech firm received the ACEC Grand Conceptor Award. The project replaced 14 bridge superstructures along I-93 in Medford during just 10 summer weekends in 2011.

04/06/2012

MBTA Board Approves Final Fare, Service Recommendation

The MBTA Board of Directors this week approved the recommended proposal for closing the MBTA’s budget gap for next fiscal year

The final proposal includes an average fare increase of 23 percent, the first MBTA fare increase in five years. The plan includes the elimination of four weekday bus routes, a revised schedule for 14 other routes, and elimination of one weekend ferry and weekend service on three commuter rail lines.

The final approved proposal follows more than two months of public meetings where 6,000 customers weighed in on proposals submitted to the board by MBTA staff in January.

Details are available on the MBTA website


Transportation Reform, Budget Legislation Filed

The Patrick-Murray Administration has filed transportation reform legislation that addresses the MBTA FY 2013 budget and builds on the success of the Transportation Reform Act of 2009. The legislation would authorize several steps to allow the MBTA to close its FY13 structural deficit, including a shift of Motor Vehicle Inspection Trust Fund surplus funds.

“This reform legislation will allow the MBTA working with MassDOT and listening to T customers to reduce an original FY13 budget deficit of $185 million by more than $100 million,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “When combined with the proposed fare increase plan, the MBTA will preserve services vital to our customers and to a strong and growing Commonwealth economy.”

The bill calls for increased MBTA fines for fare evasion to $75 first offense, $200 second offense, and $350 for subsequent offenses, along with requiring the reporting to RMV in 21 days of citations not paid, resulting in license suspension until fines are paid.

The number of MBTA noncriminal fare evasion citations increased from 818 in 2007 to 3,248 in 2011. The increases in fines are intended to serve as a significant deterrent to those deliberately not purchasing the required fare.

The reform legislation also authorizes the following:

  • Use of a $51 million surplus in the Motor Vehicle Inspection Trust Fund toward the FY13 MBTA budget
  • Tort reform that aligns the tort liability cap at the MBTA with other state agencies, saving approximately $4 million annually
  • Federal reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid for certain MBTA RIDE paratransit services, saving approximately $5 million
  • Provides MassDOT the same authority as the MBTA to enter into agreements for revenue-generating advertising agreements within MassDOT facilities
  • Exempts MassDOT from a surplus lines tax assessed on insurance premiums, saving $150,000

Marshfield Route 139 Project Advances

Governor Deval Patrick this week joined state and town officials along with Marshfield and South Shore Chambers of Commerce members to break ground on the $4.1 million Route 139 widening project.

The one mile stretch of Route 139 between School Street and Furnace Street narrows to one travel lane in each direction. The project now under way will widen the roadway to two lanes in each direction and install a traffic signal at Route 139 and Enterprise Drive along with new sidewalks.

“This project will alleviate congestion in Marshfield, and provide businesses will new opportunities to grow and to thrive,” said Governor Patrick. “Our Administration is committed to infrastructure improvements just like this one, to catalyze private development and boost job growth for the region.”

Project completion is scheduled for summer 2014.


MassDOT Board May Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 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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