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National Teen Driver Safety Week

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian joined law enforcement and local safety advocates to kick-off National Teen Driver Safety Week in the Commonwealth, October 14-20. The nationally observed week focuses on parental involvement in driver’s education, junior operator programs, increasing seat belt use and reducing teen access to alcohol.

The kick-off event was held at the Watertown RMV Branch, Watertown Shopping Center, 550 Arsenal Street. Registrar Kaprielian joined representatives of the Massachusetts State Police, Safe Roads Alliance, AAA, SADD,and other organizations.

An Emergency Service Patrol van was on display to show teens and remind other drivers of the emergency gear to be carried in a vehicle. Parents and teens learned more about the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program made possible by Safety Insurance.


South Station Expansion Open Houses

South Station Expansion Logo

MassDOT is leading an effort to improve and expand Boston South Station, and we want to invite your participation and hear your ideas. We are planning opportunities for you to meet us and provide input, beginning with two project open houses to be held just a short walk from South Station. The information to be provided by MassDOT at the two open houses will be the same.

The open houses will be held:
Monday, November 19, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street- Fort Point Room 2nd Floor

Tuesday, November 20, from 8:00am to 9:15am
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street- Fort Point Room, 2nd Floor

You are welcome to stop by at any time during either or both of the open houses to see an overview presentation about the project, view maps of the area, meet our team of engineers and planners, and share any ideas you have about this important project. No RSVP is necessary.

If you are unable to attend the open houses, but want to learn more about the project, receive project updates and hear about other opportunities to participate, please visit the South Station Expansion project website and sign up for the mailing list using the notification form.

South Station is one of Boston's most significant architectural structures. It is also a vibrant transportation facility that provides rail, bus, and subway service to tens of thousands of people. Over the next three years, MassDOT will develop the plan and preliminary designs needed to expand and enhance the station. This process will include an analysis of traffic, track, signal, and rail operations, environmental review, planning, and design. There is no construction work included in this phase of the project. The potential for future economic development at and around South Station may also be analyzed. Urban design and streetscape improvements will be included in the project.

MassDOT Statewide Transportation Conversation

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.

Two meetings are scheduled for next week:

October 23, 2012 6:45-8:45 PM
Haverhill Public Library Auditorium
99 Main Street, Haverhill

October, 25, 2012 6-8 PM
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, 1st Floor Conference Room
215 Iyannough Road, Hyannis

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

MBTA: Franklin Line Safety Blitz

workers at train tracks

The MBTA Transit Police and local police departments along the MBTA Franklin Line within the past week conducted an operation called the Franklin Line Safety Blitz.

The operation was intended to educate the public about the risks of trespassing on the railroad’s right of way.

The police departments of Dedham, Westwood, Norwood, Walpole, Norfolk and Franklin, assisted by officers of the MBTA Transit Police, checked the MBTA right of way that passes through each community.

Trespassing on the railroad right of way is unlawful under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 160 § 218, and an "arrestable" misdemeanor in the officer’s presence.

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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