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Hatfield: Solar Array on MassDOT Property

Burns Bridge

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey and other state and local officials in Hatfield to break ground on the latest solar array to be built on state highway property. The solar array will be capable of producing 70 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power MassDOT’s District 2 Highway Administration Building in its entirety.

"Governor Patrick and I have focused on investing in clean, renewable technology and energy," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Our Administration continues to work across state agencies to advance green initiatives, and this project is a great example of how innovation can lead to costs savings and job creation in the region."

Construction of the array will be complete by October 31, 2012, and will be done at no upfront cost to MassDOT by JF White. Instead of payment, MassDOT will be purchasing the clean power generated from the array, which under optimum environmental conditions, will a significant portion of power for MassDOT's District 2 Highway Division Administration Building.

Under MassDOT's GreenDOT Implementation Plan, the agency has set goals for reduction in the use of fossil fuel based energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and to improve air quality.

By the end of July, Massachusetts had more than 129 megawatts of solar power installed - enough electricity to power more than 20,404 homes. When compared with fossil fuel-generated electricity, it represents the equivalent of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 13,870 cars per year.

As part of the project, the building will have equipment capable of switching between the solar array and the power grid. During clear days, the building will draw power from the solar array. During night hours or overcast days, the building will be powered by Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

08/31/2012

Knowledge Corridor Work Advances

MBTA South Station expansion design

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this week joined Congressman John Olver, Congressman Richard Neal and Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke for a first look at the potential site of the upcoming Holyoke Passenger Rail platform and announced construction is now underway to restore passenger rail service along the Connecticut River rail line, known as the Knowledge Corridor.

Funded through a $73 million federal grant by the federal stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail program, the Knowledge Corridor project will restore Amtrak's intercity passenger train service to its original route by relocating the Vermonter from the New England Central Railroad back to its former route on the Pan Am Southern Railroad.

"Investing in passenger rail service along the Knowledge Corridor is one example of how government is working to promote economic development in all regions of the state," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "My sincere thanks goes to Congressman Olver and Congressman Neal who are making this project a reality."

Construction is currently underway to replace 20,000 rail ties from Greenfield to the Vermont border. The Knowledge Corridor project is on track to bring rail service to Northampton and Greenfield in 2014. Holyoke is beginning the design process for Holyoke Train Station and rail work is expected to begin this fall.

"MassDOT is pleased to partner with the city of Holyoke. This Knowledge Corridor is a great example of our statewide rail initiative that is providing more opportunity for all residents and the visitors to the Commonwealth," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey.

MassDOT is using the design-build method on numerous projects to combine the traditional design-bid-build method into a single item with contractors responsible for design and construction of a project. Working together, design and construction teams are able to complete projects within shorter timelines.



Three I-90 Turnpike Service Plazas Offer E-85 Fuel

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey this week celebrated the opening of the first E-85 Flex Fueling stations on I-90, the Massachusetts Turnpike, in the communities of Charlton and Westborough.

Labor Day travelers will notice E-85 pumps at the Service Plazas in Charlton on I-90 Eastbound and I-90 Westbound and in Westborough, I-90 Westbound. These pumps are clearly marked and stand apart from unleaded and diesel pumps. E-85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline and is intended for use in Flex Fuel vehicles.

"MassDOT is committed to meeting the needs of its customers. Our residents and visitors are choosing to purchase flex fuel vehicles. By working with our partners at Energy and Environmental Affairs and Gulf Oil, we are able to now offer travelers three fueling locations along the Massachusetts Turnpike and also advance our GreenDOT goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Secretary Davey.

Funding for the $600,000 effort was provided through the Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. The funding will also allow for a future fourth E-85 pump along the Turnpike.

The GreenDOT policy initiative first released in June 2010 incorporates sustainability into all MassDOT activities to reach greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008. The GreenDOT initiative also promotes the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit, and supports smart growth development.

The GreenDOT Implementation Plan is available on MassDOT's GreenDOT website.



MassDOT is now on Facebook!

Continuing our efforts to inform and engage the public about their transportation system, MassDOT has launched its first-ever Facebook page. Please “like” the page and share with friends. Have an idea for a posting? Send it along to Rachel Bain or Cyndi Roy. Our page can be accessed here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MassDOT/293849177365869



MassDOT Board September Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 1:00pm, State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 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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