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Wednesday
September 25
MBTA Board Room
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10 Park Plaza, Boston
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On the Trans Blog

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

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.

View the entire
Mobile Ticketing Project
blog post.


09/20/2013

Fall River Route 79/Braga Bridge Project
groundbreaking ceremony

Governor Deval Patrick, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, federal, state, and local officials broke ground on the $197 million Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvement Project to reconstruct the interchange of Route 79 and I-195 in Fall River.

The project is the final of the five "mega projects" funded through the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair and replace structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth. The other projects include the Burns Bridge in Worcester/Shrewsbury, the Fore River Bridge in Quincy/Weymouth, the Longfellow Bridge in Boston/Cambridge and the I-95 Whittier Bridge in Amesbury/Newburyport.

"This is a truly transformative project for Fall River and the South Coast," said Governor Patrick. "It will put 300 people to work and position Fall River as a hub for economic development. After years of neglect, our Accelerated Bridge Program is rebuilding hundreds of the Commonwealth’s bridges, putting people to work and delivering projects faster and more efficiently than ever before. There is more work to do, but I am proud of what we have accomplished in rebuilding our infrastructure and leaving it stronger for the next generation."

Known locally as the "spaghetti ramps", the Route 79/I-195 interchange built in 1965 is a bi-level structure of 111 spans that stretch 8,700 feet. Currently, 11 bridges within the interchange are structurally deficient; many other components are functionally obsolete.

The project will bring the roadway and bridges up to current standards; remove the elevated section of Route 79 and build a new surface roadway to connect with Davol Street and the waterfront; rebuild the nine "spaghetti ramps" connecting Route 79 and I-195; construct two new roadways; repair the Braga Bridge; and enhance pedestrian and bicycle access. The final result will improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists and increase access to the city’s waterfront.

"While this is a major opportunity to fix what we have, it’s also a chance to incorporate new thinking into how we can provide more and better accommodations for new needs like walking and cycling," said MassDOT Secretary Davey. "But moreover, this job is a recognition of the positive impacts transportation projects can have on the economy, when we think broadly about what we want out of the finished product and when we’re smart about what we build."

The MassDOT Board of Directors in June authorized the project’s design-build contract to the joint venture, Barletta Heavy Division-O&G Industries, Inc. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016.


RMV Special Plates Legislation 10th Anniversary

MassRMV in September 2013 is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Special Plate program, established by the legislature as an opportunity for charitable organizations to raise funds through a dedicated license plate.

In recognition of the anniversary, the MassDOT blog is sharing the story of some of the nearly 20 special plates. Please visit: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/

To sign up for a special license plate today, visit www.MassRMV.com

To learn more about all plates in Massachusetts, please visit http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/16/docs/manuals/PassengerPlatesManual2012.pdf

Popular Examples of the Special License Plates include the Environmental Plates: Right Whale & Roseate Tern, Fish & Wildlife, Blackstone Valley

fish and wildlife environmental special plate

Number of Plates on the Road:
Fish & Wildlife: 5,883
Blackstone Valley: 1,983
Whale RW: 17,813
Whale RT: 14,067

Funds Raised for Charity:
$611,576 - Blackstone
$18,439,304 - Environmental Trust, Right Whale

Since its founding in 1988 as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust has awarded more than $19 million in grants to organizations statewide for projects that benefit the environment. The Right Whale license plate was first issued in 1994 and in almost 20 years has generated $17 million to support environmental initiatives.

MET plates represent the varied landscapes of Massachusetts. The whale plate features the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and represents the coastal environment. The Leaping Brook Trout represents the hills and forests of central and western Massachusetts. The Blackstone Valley Mill plate represents the working rivers of the state that were the economic engine of Massachusetts during the industrial revolution. Together, the three plates raise more than $800,000 each year.

With the proceeds from these plates, the Trust makes grants to nonprofit organizations and municipalities for projects benefit the waters of the Commonwealth, including those that assist endangered species, improve water quality, reduce harmful pollutants, restore fisheries, and improve aquatic habitat.

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