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Whittier Bridge Public Hearing Set

Whittier Bridge

A Public Hearing will be held on the proposed Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project in Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury at the following date and location:

Thursday, June 21, 6:30 pm, Amesbury High School, Auditorium, 5 Highland Street, Amesbury

The purpose of this meeting is to seek public comment on the 25% Design for the proposed project, which includes the replacement of the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River along with replacement or reconstruction of four adjacent bridges along I-95 in Newburyport and Amesbury and widening I-95 between Exit 57 in Newburyport and Exit 60 in Salisbury.

The project also includes the Whittier Trail: the first shared-use path to be constructed along a Massachusetts interstate.

The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project was selected by the Obama Administration for expedited permitting and environmental review. It is one of MassDOT's largest projects as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program.

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06/08/2012

Free Silver Line Ride: Logan to South Station

Silver Line Bus

Massport, MassDOT, and the MBTA are teaming up to raise customer awareness of public transit options to and from Logan Airport. The transportation partners this week announced a three-month “On Us” pilot program that will let Logan passengers board for free inbound Silver Line bus service to South Station.

The pilot begins on June 6 and runs through September 3, 2012. Massport is offering the service in an effort to improve high occupancy vehicle (HOV) usage and improve terminal curbside traffic flow.

“Thanks to transportation reform, MassDOT, Massport and the MBTA are working together to test an ambitious plan to reduce the growing number of passenger vehicles on-airport, and encourage the use of public transportation and other HOV alternatives,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey, who chairs the Massport Board.

The Silver Line started service in 2006 and is key to Massport’s promotion of HOV ridership to and from the airport to reduce congestion at the terminal curbs and on airport roadways, as well as reduce vehicle emissions. Massport purchased eight clean-fuel Silver Line buses in 2005.

The “On Us” pilot is the latest effort to attract Logan customers to public transit. Earlier this year the MBTA began offering real-time arrival information of the Silver Line to South Station from each terminal and improved signage within Terminal C directing passengers to the “T.” Improved signage will be rolled out in the remaining terminals this year; and an advertising campaign promoting the use of the Silver Line and Blue Line to and from the airport.


GreenDOT Implementation Plan

MassDOT’s GreenDOT Policy incorporates sustainability into all MassDOT activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The GreenDOT policy initiative includes promoting walking, bicycling, and public transit as one of its central goals as well as reaching the greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008.

MassDOT this week launched the GreenDOT Implementation Plan. The draft plan includes all MassDOT Divisions and embeds sustainability into our core business by setting fifteen broad goals organized under seven sustainability themes.

GreenDOT Goals List

Under each goal are actionable tasks and indicators to guide implementation. The draft plan feeds into our performance management efforts within MassDOT, and is based on current MassDOT innovations; leading sustainability policies of the Commonwealth; and national best practices.

We invite you to explore the draft plan and share your thoughts on our GreenDOT website


Community Transit Grants Awarded

MBTA BusMassDOT's Rail & Transit Division this week announced the FY 2013 award recipients in the new MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program.

A total of 22 applicants received awards totaling more than $5.8 million. These FY13 grants awarded in a competitive process represent the first year federal and state transit funds have been awarded as part of the new single grant application.

The award recipients include regional transit authorities, private bus companies, and other transportation providers. A list of the award recipients is available on the Community Transit Grants website.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial assistance to states through a number of programs to develop new transit systems and improve, maintain, and operate existing systems.

This new grant program is a consolidation of several grant applications by the Community Transit Programs Unit and Regional Planning Agencies.


MassDOT Board July Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 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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