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RMV: Parent Supervised Driving Mobile App

Photo credit: Tracy Aiguier

MassDOT’s RMV Division today announced the launch of an extension to its Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, a new mobile app titled RoadReadyTM. The app, sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Safety Insurance, is designed to augment the award-winning program in its mission to prevent one of the major causes of death and injury for teens on the road.

RoadReady's availability in the App StoreSM comes just in time for
National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, with this year's focus,
"It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving."

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program focuses on the role of the parent in the teen driver education process. The program offers an enhanced supervised driving experience and even encourages parents and guardians to extend the supervised driving period beyond the state requirement. The program is available to parents and teens on multiple platforms, beginning with the printed curriculum that is distributed at RMV branches when the teen receives their learner's permit. For media resources on the program, visit the Parents Supervised Driving Program website.

View the entire Parent Supervised Driving Mobile App blog post

10/25/2013

Governor Patrick Announces Transportation Investments

Governor Deval Patrick this week announced four historic transportation infrastructure investments that will stimulate economic growth and opportunity for commuters, residents and businesses throughout greater Boston, enhance accessibility and ease traffic and congestion.

  • MBTA will launch a $1.3 billion program to replace and increase the capacity of Red Line and Orange Line trains
  • Massachusetts Turnpike will be fitted with all electronic, open road tolling
  • Design will begin immediately to rebuild and straighten the route of I-90/Turnpike in Allston
  • Clayton Street Bridge in Dorchester will be replaced over Veterans Day weekend.
orange line train

"Growth requires investment, and these projects will catalyze growth in greater Boston," said Governor Patrick. "If we want to expand opportunity in our Commonwealth, this is what government must do and do well."

The MBTA issued Requests for Proposals for the $1.3 billion procurement to replace the 44-year old Red Line cars and 32-year old Orange Line cars. The project will deliver at least 226 vehicles; 152 Orange Line cars, replacing the entire fleet of 120, and 74 Red Line cars with an option to increase the fleet to 132. The new cars will provide improved reliability, accessibility and energy efficiency. New car features include increased capacity and additional seating, wider and electrically operated doors, four accessible areas per car, LED lighting, modern HVAC systems and advanced passenger information and announcement systems. The MBTA expects to award a contract for the cars by winter 2014-15, with the condition that the final assembly of the cars will take place in Massachusetts, providing further investment in the Commonwealth. Following required extensive pilot train testing, Orange Line car delivery is scheduled to begin in winter 2018-19 and Red Line car delivery in fall 2019.

Construction will begin in 2014 to install all electronic, open road tolling to significantly ease congestion and traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Electronic tolling will begin with testing on the Tobin Bridge in January and will go live in the spring.

The I-90 Turnpike straightening project will replace a nearly half mile long structurally-deficient viaduct including 29 bridge structures built in the mid-1960’s. The viaduct project will straighten existing turns on both sides of the existing Allston-Brighton toll area, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions while opening up to 60 acres for future development in the Beacon Park Yards area. MassDOT’s Highway Division will coordinate this multi-phase project with federal, state and city representatives and conduct public outreach with business, educational and other area institutions in the area. The current schedule calls for construction to begin in fall 2016 with completion in 2020. The preliminary estimated cost of the project is $260 million.

The Governor also announced that the Clayton Street Bridge in Dorchester will be replaced over Veterans Day weekend as part of the Patrick Administration’s push to use accelerated construction techniques to deliver projects. The bridge carries the Ashmont-Alewife Red Line over Clayton Street at the intersection of Clayton Street and Dickens Street and was first constructed in 1911.


Highway Division Customer Survey Seeks Public Input

MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Davey announced release of the MassDOT Highway Division User Satisfaction Survey. The online survey seeks to gather public input about Highway Division performance in maintaining state roadways and identifying priorities in delivering services during the next two years. Members of the public who use Massachusetts interstate highways and numbered state roads weekly are encouraged to participate. The survey will be available through November 30 at the following web address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/massdothwysurvey

“We are committed to a MassDOT culture of accountability for performance, listening to our customers, and taking action to improve the user experience on state roadways and across all modes of transportation," said Secretary Davey. "This survey is an important tool in seeking public input in measuring our progress over time."

"We want to learn from the people who use our highways each day about what is working and where we can improve, " said Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "These surveys will help guide us in making future decisions about where to focus our time and resources." The brief survey asks users questions about Highway Division performance and priorities, including:

  • Providing accurate and timely information about road projects, highway conditions, and work zones
  • Priorities MassDOT’s Highway Division should emphasize over the next two years in maintenance, construction, and alternative modes of transportation
  • Level of satisfaction with highway maintenance and snow/ice removal

The survey includes questions about work zone safety, real-time traffic signs, service plazas and Park & Ride availability. It also provides an opportunity for customers to submit additional comments or questions about the MassDOT Highway Division. Administrator DePaola says MassDOT will review the survey findings and respond to areas of need identified.


Callahan Tunnel Project Public Meeting October 30
callahan tunnel enterance

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the upcoming Boston Callahan Tunnel Rehabilitation Project as follows:

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street, Winthrop

MassDOT project staff will present details and preliminary schedule information. The Callahan Tunnel Rehabilitation Project requires a full tunnel closure that is expected to last up to two-and-a-half months, starting on Dec. 27, 2013 through March 12, 2014.

The $34.9 million project includes rehabilitation of the 52-year old tunnel’s deck, curb line, gutters and replacement of the tunnel’s wall panels. The original deteriorated wall panels were removed in December 2012 as a safety measure due to significant corrosion to the panel wall anchor system.

The proposed work schedule includes the full tunnel closure in early 2014 with detours in place, followed by an additional 4-5 months of work requiring overnight closures between 11p.m. and 5a.m. The complete closure of the tunnel will reduce the overall duration of the project, provide enhanced public safety by minimizing changes to traffic flow, and better coordinate with other local projects including Tobin Bridge work, which is scheduled to resume in spring 2014.

For more information, please contact John Romano, 857-368-8905 or john.romano@state.ma.us

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