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MassDOT Safe Routes to School Walk: Boston Common

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian this week joined local officials, students, teachers and parents for a walk on Boston Common to celebrate MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School program on International Walk to School Day.

View the entire Safe Routes to School Walk blog post.

Register Now: Moving Together Conference

MassDOT invites you to register now for the Moving Together 2012 Conference, to be held Wednesday, October 17, 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM, at the Boston Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston.

See their website for more information and to register for the Moving Together 2012 conference.

View the entire Moving Together blog post.


Federal Funds Boost 10 Regional Transit Authorities

bus at bus stop

Governor Deval Patrick and MassDOT this week announced that MassDOT will award $13.2 million to 10 Massachusetts Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) to make needed capital investments including new bus purchases and facility repairs.

The funds are available as part of the Obama Administration's "We Can't Wait" initiative that allows states to repurpose unused federal transportation earmarks (from 2003 to 2006) for use on highway and transit projects that are able to obligate the funds by the end of the year.

Projects selected represent RTAs across the Commonwealth and are focused on state of good repair including bus replacements along with customer service improvements, such as Real-time customer information signs for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, above, and major projects already underway such as the Gallagher Terminal Garage in Lowell.

"The Obama Administration has made a smart decision to put unspent dollars into necessary projects that create jobs," said Governor Deval Patrick. "These projects reflect our commitment to improve public transportation for residents across the Commonwealth."

The repurposed earmark funds are 100% federal funding, require no state match and must be used for capital needs. MassDOT selected the 11 projects from a list of 28 project requests totaling $45.6 million from the state's 15 RTAs.

The 11 projects were selected based on the likelihood of the individual RTA’s ability to obligate funds by the end of December and spend all funds in the near-term.

MassDOT Statewide Transportation Conversation

public meeting

MassDOT next week will continue statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.

Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit will be available to answer questions and provide information.

One meeting is scheduled for next week:

October 10, 2012 6-8 PM
UMass Amherst Campus Center - Room 168 C
1 Campus Center Way, Amherst

The complete list of meetings is available on the web at:

MBTA August Ridership Increases

subway train in station

MBTA ridership in August 2012 increased again compared to the same month in the previous year. Weekday ridership in August increased by 1.2% compared to August 2011, with an average of 1.256 million passenger trips per weekday. Ridership has increased year-to-year in 18 of the past 19 months.

August 2012 subway ridership increased by 2.7%. Trolley-Green Line average weekday ridership grew by 1.5%. Bus weekday ridership decreased slightly by 0.6%. Commuter Rail ridership rose by 1.4%.

"The robust demand for public transit is a clear sign that we need to maintain a strong transportation system in the Commonwealth," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey.

Check out MBTA Fare information on the web.

MassDOT Board November Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, November 7, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3830, 10 Park Plaza, Boston.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.

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