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Green Line Extension Public Meeting Set

The Green Line Extension Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plans for retaining walls and noise walls along the corridor. The construction of the Green Line will require the widening of the existing rail corridor which will include the construction of more than 25,000 linear feet of retaining walls and noise walls. This meeting will be the first in a series of meetings to provide general information on wall types, heights and where these wall types may be proposed along the corridor.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 22, 6:00-8:00pm, at the Holiday Inn Hotel Somerville, 30 Washington Street.

View the entire Green Line Extension Public Meeting post

Young Aviation Artist Wins International Award

A talented young Lexington artist has won 1st Place Internationally in the Federation Aeronautique Internationale 2012 International Aviation Art Contest.

Lewis Hwang of Lexington's work took the top prize internationally in the 6-9 age group. The art theme for the contest: "Silent Flight."

View the entire Aviation Artist International Award Winner post

05/18/2012

Chelsea Street Bridge Opens
Secretary Davey, Chelsea Street Bridge Opening, May 14, 2012

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey this week joined Congressman Mike Capuano along with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new Chelsea Street Bridge carrying Chelsea Street over the Chelsea Creek at the Boston/Chelsea line. The bridge reopened to traffic on Saturday, May 12.

The signature $125.3 million project replaced a structurally-deficient drawbridge with a new bridge that is the largest permanent lift bridge built in Massachusetts to date. The new structure will improve the efficiency and operation of the bridge for vehicle traffic and for critical maritime vessels to safely navigate the channel.

The project includes a truss-type structure that spans 450 feet and provides 175 feet of vertical clearance when raised. The new bridge and approach roadway provides two lanes of traffic in each direction and two pedestrian sidewalks.

The project also addresses safety and the environment, improving longstanding issues caused by the narrow passageway used by oil tankers that resulted in accidents and the potential for oil spills.

Final work continues during May and early June, requiring overnight closures that will not affect weekday commuter traffic. Additional work will be completed during the day after the morning commute with at least one lane of traffic open in each direction.


Google, MBTA Debut Innovative Station Indoor Maps

Google Station MapMBTA riders now have a new and innovative way to get around the system. The MBTA is excited to announce that the T is the first U.S transit agency to have indoor maps of its stations in Google Maps for Android.

Google Maps for Android users will now see indoor maps when they zoom into select MBTA stations. With indoor maps, users will be able to see station features such as stairs, escalators, elevators, entrances and exits to help guide them through the system. The "blue dot," familiar to Google Maps users can now help riders find their own location in many indoor stations.

Indoor maps and walking directions are available in Google Maps for Android in two dozen key stations including Park Street, South Station, and Downtown Crossing.

This new feature is the latest way that the MBTA is collaborating with Google to help riders get around the system. Last year, the MBTA was one of the first U.S. transit agencies to bring real-time transit data to Google Maps. In 2009, Google and the MBTA launched our collaboration to provide digital transit maps and schedule information.

This initiative is just one of many ways that the MBTA is working to give customers improved information. More than 50 apps answering the question, "Where's the T?" are available at MBTA.com/apps.


"Bicycle Friendly": Arlington, Salem, Newton

League of American Bicyclists - Bicycle Friendly CommunityMassDOT this week honored Arlington, Salem, and Newton, three new communities recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as "Bicycle Friendly Communities." Arlington attained a Bronze-level award, while Newton and Salem each received an Honorable Mention. They join Boston, Northampton and Somerville, the first Massachusetts communities recognized by the League in 2011.

Arlington, Newton and Salem were rated on a number of factors, such as bicycling infrastructure improvements, education and public outreach, and staff involvement - including police participation. Their ability to make improvements on a number of different fronts contributed to boosting local bicycling.

MassDOT looks forward to continuing to collaborate with these and other municipalities to realize our GreenDOT policy goal of promoting the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and public transit.


MassDOT Board June Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 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.
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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