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Green Line Extension Update

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Potential interim offset mitigation measures to compensate for delays in implementing the Green Line Extension project have now been posted to the Green Line Extension website.

Such measures are required by 310 CMR 7.36: Transit System Improvements, which governs the implementation of the transportation projects identified in the State Implementation Plan. The mitigation measures include ideas generated by MassDOT staff and also ideas submitted to MassDOT by project stakeholders, elected officials, and members of the general public.

View the complete Green Line Extension Update blog post.


Worcester: Burns Memorial Bridge Groundbreaking

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this week joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey along with state and local officials for the groundbreaking of the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge project in Worcester, one of the signature projects moving forward as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth

The $89.9 million Burns Bridge replacement project will widen the bridge from two to three travel lanes in each direction and include accessible sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of the bridge. Federal funds will account for 80 percent of the project’s total cost.

The existing structurally-deficient bridge will be replaced with a new five-span steel deck arch structure that will provide three travel lanes in both directions with exclusive left- and right-turn lanes on the westbound approach into Worcester. This will accommodate projected increases in traffic volumes, improve safety at the intersection of Route 9 and Lake Avenue and remove the need for eastbound motorists to make a U-turn on Lake Avenue North to access destinations on Lake Avenue South. The replacement project will be constructed by Middlesex Corporation

The new bridge that will accommodate all users while minimizing impacts to the intersections or the homes and business on either side of the bridge adjacent to the state highway layout line in Worcester and Shrewsbury. The proposed roadway profile will be raised in order to provide improved vertical under-clearance for recreational users of the lake. Bicycle lanes on the bridge and sidewalks will be provided in both directions.

For more information and project updates, visit the Burns Memorial Bridge project website.

MBTA Fare, Service Changes Begin Sunday, July 1

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The MBTA Fare and Service Changes approved by the MBTA Board to balance the fiscal year 2013 budget take effect on Sunday, July 1.

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

Visit for complete information about the MBTA Service and Fare Changes. A description of the complete MBTA Fare Policy is also available on the web, including changes in the RIDE.

Tall Ships Festival, 4th of July

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The MBTA expects thousands of additional riders during Boston's Tall Ships Festival over this weekend, Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, and leading up to Wednesday, July 4.

Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from Fourth of July events and should visit for up-to-date service information during the holiday weekend. Tall Ships special event shuttle buses will run from JFK Station to Castle Island over the weekend and on July 4. A complete holiday service summary is available at

The complete list of parking and traffic restrictions, locations, and dates are available on the MassDOT blog:

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.

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