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September 25
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Weston I-90/I-95 New Traffic Pattern Update

MassDOT this week made minor adjustments to the congestion relief trial at the I-90/I-95 interchange in Weston. The adjustments beginning Tuesday morning July 30 are based on staff observations and feedback from customers. MassDOT will install better signage and reposition the location on the lane closure slightly farther south on I-95 Northbound, closer to Exit 23-24-25.

Currently, I-95 NB is four lanes wide with the right-most lane carrying thru traffic and vehicles that are merging onto I-95 NB from the Mass Pike and Route 30. This double-merge point causes traffic to back up through the Toll Plaza and onto I-90.

View the entire
New Traffic Pattern Blog post

The trial began on July 17th and has been extended to August 9. During the test, MassDOT will collect information to ensure that the new configuration reduces congestion levels as predicted. If the trial period proves successful, MassDOT will make the changes permanent by installing new signs and new lane markings later this summer.


08/02/2013

MassDOT: Regional Transit Schedules on Google Maps
mapping example

MassDOT has announced that for the first time all public transportation authorities in the Commonwealth including the MBTA and all 15 Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) have their routes and schedules fully accessible on Google Maps.

MassDOT’s MassRIDES Statewide Travel Options Program led the effort, in partnership with Bridgewater State University, to provide assistance to each of the Massachusetts RTAs to compile the necessary data to provide Google Map accessibility.

This effort’s goal is to make all transportation services in Massachusetts available to commuters, visitors and other travelers through Google Maps. The enhanced access to transit routes and schedules through this universally accessible tool improves everyone’s ability to plan travel throughout the Commonwealth whether it’s for commuting to and from work or for leisure. An individual can now use Google Maps online or the Google Maps app for Android or iPhone to plan a trip, for example, from the Boston Common to Worcester State College – a task that previously required searching for routes and schedules across multiple websites. The directions can now guide an individual from one transit station to another with detailed walking directions for the initial and final portions of the trip.

MassDOT had a unique opportunity to partner with the RTAs statewide and use the local resources of MassRIDES and Bridgewater State University to complete this project. Many of the entities do not have the bandwidth to compile and produce the data required for their system to be available through Google Maps and MassDOT’s effort has helped to bridge this gap. The collaboration between MassRIDES and Bridgewater State University includes an on-going effort to maintain accurate information for all of the transportation services throughout the Commonwealth. A number of private inter-city bus companies are also participating to make their routes and schedules available to the public through Google Maps, adding to the value of the resource.

The initiative to bring all statewide transit services online through Google Maps meets MassDOT’s core mission to serve our customers and support our mode shift goal to triple the levels of bicycling, walking and transit users throughout the Commonwealth by 2030.


Additional Support for Local Road, Bridge Projects

The Patrick Administration has authorized the release of an additional $50 million for the Fiscal Year 2014 Chapter 90 program, increasing the state’s investment in local road and bridges projects across the Commonwealth to a historic $200 million.

In letters this week to all 351 cities and towns, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey details the additional allotments for each community. MassDOT’s May correspondence to cities and towns noted that additional funds may be possible following the final disposition of the Transportation Finance Act. Chapter 90 is a 100 percent reimbursable program, instituted in the early 1970’s, that provides funding to municipalities for maintaining, repairing, improving and constructing town and county ways and bridges.

The Chapter 90 funding builds on the Patrick Administration’s legacy of record investments in transportation infrastructure through the Statewide Road and Bridge Program and the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, the largest statewide infrastructure investment program in state history that has already reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges by almost 20% since the program began in 2008.

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a one-year $300 million authorization for Chapter 90 pending the outcome of the transportation finance debate. The Administration then released $150 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for fiscal year 2014 to ensure cities and towns could get a head start on the construction season, pending the outcome of the transportation finance bill. While the final transportation finance bill enacted by the Legislature does not provide sufficient resources to address all of the needs outlined in the Administration’s Way Forward plan, the additional $50 million in Chapter 90 funding announced today will position cities and towns to continue investing in local infrastructure projects that will help spur economic growth in their regions. Chapter 90 allotments for each community will be posted online.


Longfellow Bridge: MBTA Weekend Impacts

The Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project will change MBTA Red Line service during five weekends through early November.

Due to the Longfellow Bridge Project, shuttle buses will make all station stops between Park Street and Kendall/MIT Stations on the following weekends:

detour map

Saturdays and Sundays
August 10-11
August 24-25
October 19-20
Oct. 26-27
Nov. 2-3

The bus route is shown on the map to the right (click map to view larger image), with affected stops at:
Kendall/MIT Station
Charles/MGH Station
and Park St. Station

Normal service will resume for the start of service on Mondays.

The project includes replacing the MBTA Red Line tracks. The work will change Red Line service for a total of 25 weekends during the three and half year project. To allow space for bus travel in each direction, Boston-bound traffic will be detoured during the Red Line diversions using Memorial Drive and Land Boulevard to reach Leverett Circle.

During weekend busing operations, bicyclists will be asked to walk their bicycles across the bridge on the sidewalk for safety reasons.

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