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MassDOT September Board Meeting

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

On the Trans Blog

Car Free Week: "Commute Another Way"

The Patrick Administration is encouraging residents to leave their cars in the driveway and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling or vanpooling for Massachusetts Car-Free Week, September 16-22. With the underlying theme of "Pick a Day, Commute Another Way," Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries across the globe in an effort to showcase the community, financial and environmental benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road with an entire week dedicated to choosing a day to commute another way.

View the entire Car Free Week blog post.


Fore River Bridge Fall 2013 Update
aerial view of bridge

The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project construction continues into fall 2013 with installation of the permanent bridge foundation components moving ahead. At the Quincy tower location, drilled shafts have been completed and concrete pier caps set in place. Work continues on drilled shaft production for the Weymouth tower, sent at left, with 6 of the 12 drilled shafts placed and crews advancing the remaining 6.

A third shift added to the project in late July putting the worksite into 24-hour operation enhanced the production time line for Weymouth tower drilled shafts. The third shift should conclude during the last week of September and project work hours will return to 7:00 am-11:00 pm.

Area residents are reminded that worker parking has been provided at 40 Cleverly Court, in the Fore River shipyard or elsewhere within the MassDOT right-of-way or easements and will not impact public streets at any point during the project.

Motorists should expect partial, offpeak lane closures later this fall for the excavation of test pits to locate subsurface utilities. This work is a required step to prepare for work in spring 2014. Road approach wall renovations will begin late this year or in early 2014 but will not impact traffic on Route 3A. There may be minor impacts on the frontage roads to either side of existing approach walls.

The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project is taking place under the Patrick Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across Massachusetts. To view Fore River Bridge Replacement Project updates, visit the project website.

MBTA "mTicket" Named Top 10 Transportation Project in U.S.
cell phone image

The MBTA Mobile Ticketing "mTicket" Project has been named one of the top ten transportation projects in the country as part of the 2013 America’s Transportation Awards, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials, (AASHTO), AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The “mTicket” app project will now compete for the Grand Prize selected by judges and for the People’s Choice Award during online voting.

The MBTA last November launched the first-in-the-nation mobile ticketing program that allows commuter rail and ferry customers to use their smartphones instead of paper tickets. The project now allows customers to purchase tickets and passes using the MBTA mTicket app for iPhone and Android devices, via the JustRide mobile ticketing platform from Masabi US Ltd. Since its launch, mTicket has sold over one million tickets and generated over $10 million in sales.

"It is wonderful that the MBTA is being acknowledged on a national level by AASHTO for our mobile ticketing project. Not only has mobile ticketing provided a convenient way for customers to purchase tickets, but it has resulted in nearly $70 million in savings." said General Manager Beverly Scott. "This award also highlights the MBTA’s commitment to two of our top priorities: customer service and innovation. We’re proud of this national recognition as we continue to identify creative measures that enhance our customers’ experience."

AASHTO says 36 projects in the competition were narrowed to 10 finalists receiving the highest number of overall points during four regional contests. The Grand Prize will be awarded by a panel of judges and the People’s Choice Award will be decided by popular vote of the general public. Winners of both awards will receive $10,000 each to be donated to a charity or scholarship of their choice.

The two awards will be presented at AASHTO Annual Meeting in October. Online voting for the People’s Choice Award began September 4th and will continue through Wednesday, October 2nd. To vote, visit You may also vote through your mTicket app.

To learn more about mTicket, please visit:

MBTA Seeks Worcester Line Expansion Public Input
train at platform

MassDOT and the MBTA announced that they are seeking public input as new schedules for the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line are being developed as part of a planned expansion of service coming this fall.

MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott said “I’m looking forward to hearing directly from our customers how we can better make our service on the Framingham/Worcester Line work better for them.”

With 13,000 customers riding the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line every weekday—and growing— this expansion will build on the additional peak train departures introduced last fall and spring. Additional planned improvements to the Worcester Line include a new station at Yawkey, track and signal upgrades, and adding new trains to the fleet. These investments will increase capacity, allow schedule flexibility, reduce travel time, improve reliability, and enhance safety, comfort and convenience.

The Patrick Administration has long committed to bringing expanded transportation opportunities to the greater Worcester area. This increased Commuter Rail service, developed with direct input from riders, will offer more convenient travel options to riders in and out of Boston.

To help develop an expanded fall 2013 schedule that will best serve customers and stakeholders, The MBTA is looking for customers to take a few moments to answer the questions below:

What train departure times would increase your use of the line?

Which stations would you recommend as express stops and at what times of day? (Peak hour express service will be at stations that experience high demand and offer pedestrian and bicycle access and sufficient car and bicycle parking.)

What train departure times would best serve reverse and off-peak commuters?

What weekend schedules would be most beneficial?

Suggestions should be emailed by September 18 to:

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