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November 13
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On the MassDOT Blog

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

"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."

View the entire Customer Survey blog post.

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.

11/01/2013

Governor Patrick Announces MBTA Silver Line Expansion
silver line bus

Governor Deval Patrick this week announced the extension of Silver Line service to connect South Station and the Seaport District with East Boston and Chelsea and also announced funding for construction of the Chelsea Greenway.

"Growth requires investment, and connecting the people of Chelsea directly to the airport, Seaport District and South Station, accompanied by new greenway space, will bring new opportunities for the residents of these communities," said Governor Patrick. "If we want to expand opportunity in our Commonwealth, this is what government must do and do well."

The Silver Line Gateway Expansion will create a new branch of the MBTA Silver Line Service that will connect South Station and the Seaport District with East Boston and Chelsea. This service is projected to carry 9,000 riders per day with an estimated travel time of just 15 to 19 minutes from the Seaport to Chelsea, connecting thousands of residents north of downtown Boston with work and play opportunities in the rapidly growing Seaport District. The Silver Line Gateway Expansion will also include the modernization of the Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, which will be relocated to Everett Avenue as part of a new multimodal Silver Line/Commuter Rail Station that will be fully accessible and ADA compliant. In addition, MassDOT will begin reconstruction on the Washington Avenue Bridge.

After incorporating feedback from community meetings and other stakeholder events into route planning, service will follow the same routing as Silver Line service in South Boston before taking the Williams Tunnel and will stop at Airport Station on the Blue Line. Service will then follow the Coughlin Bypass Road and the Chelsea Street Bridge to the new Grand Junction busway, with four new stations, Eastern Avenue, Box District, Downtown Chelsea and Mystic Mall. The project is will cost an estimated $82.5 million, with the bulk of funding, $20 million, being dedicated to the new Chelsea commuter rail station. Service is expected to begin in late 2015.

"Bringing Silver Line service to Chelsea will provide an even more convenient and cost-effective route for its residents and neighbors to connect with the vibrant opportunity growing in the Seaport District and the City of Boston," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey.


Cape Flyer: Permanent Seasonal Service

Governor Deval Patrick this week announced that MassDOT will support annual seasonal rail service to the Cape via Cape Flyer. Following the success of the 2013 Cape Flyer weekend rail service from Boston to Hyannis, MassDOT, working with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, (CCRTA) will support permanent weekend service from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

In addition, MassDOT will launch a study to review the feasibility of year-round weekend service on the rail line. MassDOT will also add a Wareham stop on the line, which will be open when service resumes Memorial Day weekend. This year, ridership on the Cape Flyer through Columbus Day weekend was 16,586. Fare revenue from the line totaled more than $290,000.

"The CapeFLYER provides an excellent opportunity for people to have a convenient and relaxing 'car-free' trip to enjoy the beaches, restaurants, shopping and recreational opportunities that the Cape and Islands have to offer during the summer," said CCRTA Administrator Thomas S. Cahir. "We look forward to working with the Patrick Administration and our partners to continue to provide new mobility options while reducing congestion."


MassDOT Board Approves Boston Back Bay Development
boston skyline

MassDOT's Board of Directors has authorized MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Davey to execute an agreement with ADG Scotia, a team of Weiner Ventures and Samuels & Associates, for Parcels 12 and 15, located in Boston’s Back Bay at the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The project involves construction along and over the MassPike. The Weiner/Samuels proposal calls for a combined hotel and residential development with high-rise construction set back from Boylston Street and low-rise construction along the street.

"This long awaited proposal provides significant financial benefits to the Commonwealth, and I want to thank the Citizens Advisory Committee and Boston Redevelopment Authority for assisting us as we made this critical decision," said MassDOT Secretary Davey.

"The exciting proposal provides will fundamentally change a long-neglected part of the Back Bay with a combination of new housing, a hotel and exciting new retail opportunities," said MassDOT Assistant Secretary for Real Estate and Asset Development, Jeffrey A. Simon.

The 99-year lease agreement with ADG Scotia covering Parcels 12 and 15 will provide the Commonwealth project value of $18.5 million for the two parcels in the form of fixed payments early in the lease period combined with annual rent payments.

The proposed two-parcel development will include approximately 230 residential condominium units; 50,300 square feet of retail space; 338 garage parking spaces; and a 270-room hotel.


Moving Together Conference Success
Secretary Davey at podium

MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey welcomed nearly 500 attendees from across the state and New England region to MassDOT’s 13th annual Moving Together Conference promoting healthy transportation opportunities. This year’s conference theme: Transit + Walking + Bicycling = Mobility.

Secretary Davey highlighted the Commonwealth’s $1.3 billion investment in new transit rail cars and MassDOT’s new Healthy Transportation Policy Directive, along with the importance of partnerships in working towards MassDOT’s goal to triple pedestrian, bicycling and transit users.

Conference workshops and discussions led by transportation experts focused on attracting new riders to transit, changing transportation and land use habits, complete streets, bus rapid transit, accessibility, and the new demographics of bicyclists.

State partners Gregory Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, and Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, joined the conference and highlighted the goals and successes of Governor Patrick’s Planning Ahead for Growth Initiative, a collaboration between the state agencies to ensure that transportation and land use decisions are coordinated to promote both environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

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