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MassDOT September Board Meeting

Wednesday
September 25
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

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All-Electronic Tolling
Public Meetings Set

MassDOT scheduled three public meetings to present All Electronic Tolling (AET) information and solicit comments from members of the public.

MassDOT proposes to convert and replace the I-90 Western Turnpike and I-90 Boston Metropolitan Highway System interchange-based manual cash and electronic toll collection systems with a new system of tolling relying only on All Electronic Tolling (AET). The project will include both roadway tolling infrastructure and toll collection system technology.

The first meeting in Boston this week included MassDOT representatives and a discussion led by Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) staff regarding environmental impacts of the AET project.

MassDOT will hold additional public meetings in Worcester and Springfield. The public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Worcester
Tuesday, August 20
6:00-8:00pm
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street

Springfield
Thursday, August 22
6:00-8:00pm
Springfield City Hall
Room 220, 36 Court Street

The meetings will include a presentation by MassDOT, followed by a discussion and opportunity for questions.

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08/16/2013

West Fitchburg: New Wachusett Rail Station
groundbreaking ceremony

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey this week joined local officials to break ground on the new Wachusett Commuter Rail Station in West Fitchburg. The Wachusett Extension project will extend the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line 4.5 miles westerly to a new station at Wachusett in West Fitchburg, conveniently located in close proximity to Route 2 at Route 31. The project will also construct a new train Layover Facility in Westminster.

“One of my goals at MassDOT has been to improve transportation options for the entire Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “Bringing the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line farther west and increasing parking capacity will give customers more options for access into Boston and other points east.”

This $26.7 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) ARRA-TIGER funded project will help to improve mass transit options to the communities west of Fitchburg, improve the region’s economy by reducing the commute time from the Montachusett Region to the Boston area job market, increase the supply of commuter rail parking for riders in the western part of the region, and improve the operation and capacity of the Fitchburg Line train Layover Facility.

The MBTA will operate the passenger train service to Wachusett as an extension of the current Fitchburg Line service.

The new Wachusett Station will include a new, fully-accessible, 800 foot long high-level platform located on a new station track siding, off the main line, which will allow direct platform-to-coach boarding without occupying the main line tracks. A new 360 space parking lot, to be operated by the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART), will include a drop-off area for cars and buses and electric vehicle charging stations. The station will include passenger shelters, benches and windscreens, signage, variable message signs, and lighting.

The new Westminster Layover Facility, for overnight storage of commuter rail trains, will replace the existing Fitchburg Line Layover Facility in Lunenburg. The current schedule calls for construction to be substantially complete and commuter rail service to begin by the end of 2014.


CapeFLYER Train to Cape Extended to Columbus Day
Capeflyer Logo

MassDOT, MBTA, and Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) announced the CapeFLYER weekend train service from Boston to Cape Cod will be extended through the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 14.

The long awaited return of weekend rail service to Cape Cod has proven successful, attracting a total of 10,201 customers for the period from the beginning of service on Memorial Day weekend through Sunday, August 4. CapeFLYER service was originally scheduled to conclude for the year on Labor Day.

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA), in cooperation with MassDOT and the MBTA is operating the seasonal service from Boston South Station to Hyannis on Cape Cod.

"This service has been a huge hit with Cape visitors, and we are pleased to keep the trains running for the busy late summer and early fall weekends following Labor Day", said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Thomas S. Cahir says he expects CapeFLYER to continue to attract strong ridership through Columbus Day.

"We conducted a survey of our CapeFLYER customers and were overwhelmed by the positive feedback received", said Administrator Cahir. "Numerous customers asked about the possibility of extending service into the fall, and with festivals and other events scheduled after Labor Day weekend and extending our 'season', we are excited to keep this new transit option available to our visitors", said Administrator Cahir.

CapeFlyer has quickly become a convenient option from Boston to Cape Cod, which typically experiences significant traffic congestion on summer weekends. The train service helps reduce traffic environmental impacts and is consistent with MassDOT's "GreenDOT" goal of environmental responsibility and sustainability in the state transportation system.

Fares are market rate and consistent with the comparable intercity bus fares. The trip from South Station to Hyannis is $20 one-way and $35 round trip.

Customers may buy tickets on-board the train or on their Smartphone via the MBTA's "mTicket" mobile ticketing app for Commuter Rail. Customers are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. Visit CapeFLYER on the web: http://capeflyer.com


Western Turnpike Tolls Public Hearings Set
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In accordance with legislation recently enacted by the Massachusetts House and Senate, MassDOT has devised an implementation plan and scheduled public hearings for the restoration of private passenger vehicle tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) between Interchange 1 (West Stockbridge) and Interchange 6 (Springfield/I-291).

The public is invited to participate in the hearings to be held ahead of the planned October 15 restoration. The hearings will be held in Lee and Springfield during the second week of September. The toll restoration is part of a comprehensive transportation finance law passed by the legislature that will fund road and bridge and public transit projects across the Commonwealth.

Hearing attendees will be presented with an overview of the toll implementation plan from MassDOT staff, have an opportunity to ask questions and to provide comment. In addition, attendees will be able to join E-ZPass on site.

The toll schedule will be the same schedule that was in effect from 1990 to 1996 when the tolls were eliminated.

While toll booth infrastructure and personnel are in place, MassDOT will be working until October 15 to revise the electronic toll collection software system and print new toll tickets used by cash customers.

Hearings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 10, 6:00-9:00pm, Lee High School, 300 Greylock Street, Lee
  • Thursday, September 12, 6:00-9:00pm, Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield

The legislation requires a formal comment period. If you wish to comment, the following email address will be active in the coming days: WesternTurnpike@dot.state.ma.us

Comments will be accepted through the month of September. The legislation requiring the toll implementation is available online: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2013/Chapter46

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