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October 23
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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.

Online voting for the People's Choice Award began September 4th and will continue through Wednesday, October 2nd. You may also vote through your mTicket app.

Learn more about mTicket


09/27/2013

South Coast Rail: Next Steps
Governor Patrick at podium

Governor Deval Patrick this week joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey to announce that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the South Coast Rail project. MassDOT has adopted the Corps’ document as the state-required Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and identified the Stoughton rail alternative as its preferred route for providing the best transportation, environmental and smart growth benefits. The FEIS/FEIR released today is the culmination of more than five years of coordination among the Patrick Administration, the Corps and 17 other state and federal agencies.

"Residents of the South Coast have been waiting for 20 years for a reliable transit system that connects conveniently to Boston and everything in between",said Governor Patrick. "We are making it happen, and we thank the Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT for moving us so far forward."

"South Coast Rail will reconnect the cities of Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River to Boston and position the South Coast region for smart growth and sustainability", said Secretary Davey. "Completing the final environmental document is a critical step forward in obtaining the environmental clearances MassDOT and the MBTA need to bring long-awaited commuter rail service to the South Coast."

The FEIS/FEIR outlines the Corps' conclusion that there is no practicable alternative to the Stoughton Electric Alternative with less environmental impact. It notes that MassDOT has complied with the requirements of a Certificate issued by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on the draft document and confirms the agency's choice of the Stoughton route.

As part of the environmental review process, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office (MEPA) will accept public comments on the FEIS/FEIR until October 26, 2013. MassDOT is sponsoring two public Open Houses to provide information on the FEIR. The MEPA review process will end once the Secretary of Environmental Affairs issues a Final Certificate, which will include any additional requirements for mitigation or avoidance of impacts. The federal process will conclude with the issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD) by the Corps.

Once the state environmental review process is completed, MassDOT can invest in developing the final design plans for the project and can begin to obtain all of the required permits. The MBTA will assume a primary role in final design. The FEIS/FEIR is available at local libraries throughout the South Coast region and by request from MassDOT. Please visit the South Coast Rail website for a link to the electronic version of the report, an Executive Summary, Guide to the FEIS/FEIR, a project fact sheet, Open Houses information and how to comment on the FEIS/FEIR.


Healthy Transportation Directive: Bicycle, Transit, Walking
green dot logo

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey has announced a forward-thinking shift in MassDOT's approach to project development. MassDOT's Healthy Transportation Policy Directive will require all state transportation projects to increase bicycling, transit and walking options. This new Directive is intended to promote multimodal access for our transportation customers.

"This policy directive is the next step in putting into daily practice our commitment to build a healthy, sustainable transportation system that meets all our customers' needs", said MassDOT Secretary Davey.

"This exciting transportation policy will play an important role in offering opportunities for healthy living through walking, biking and increased use of public transit," said Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, R.N. "We applaud MassDOT and Secretary Davey for taking a leadership role in creating healthier communities."

The Directive builds on the goals established in the GreenDOT Implementation plan and MassDOT’s mode shift goal. The mode shift goal announced by Secretary Davey in October 2012 calls for tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking by 2030. Together, these initiatives seek to improve service to our customers while improving the health of our public and natural environment.

As part of policy directive implementation, all MassDOT Divisions will review all projects currently in design to ensure they are consistent with Directive goals. Other elements of the Directive include:

  • All MassDOT facilities will consider adjacent land uses and be designed to include wider sidewalks, landscaping, crossing opportunities and other features to enhance healthy transportation options.
  • Reviews will be conducted of cluster sites where incidents have occurred with healthy transportation users.
  • MassDOT will develop a guide to assist communities proposing Shared Use Paths on or along rail beds in order to accelerate the path design process.

The Healthy Transportation Policy Directive and MassDOT's GreenDOT comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative may be viewed on the GreenDOT web page: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/GreenDOT.aspx

MassDOT's annual Healthy Transportation Conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. To register go to www.mass.gov/baystateroads.


RMV Special Plates Legislation 10th Anniversary
breast cancerl special plate

September 2013 marks 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.

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

To learn more about all plates in Massachusetts, please view the RMV Passenger Plates Manual.

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