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Small Bottleneck Grant: Newburyport Roundabout

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey this week joined state and local officials to announce the city of Newburyport is being awarded $1 million under MassDOT’s Small Bottleneck Grant Program.

The funds will go toward reconstruction of the intersection of Spofford Street, Merrimac Street, and Moseley Avenue. The intersection will be rebuilt into a single-lane roundabout that will make improvements to safety and to traffic flow.

“Under the leadership of the Patrick-Murray Administration, we are making it a priority to invest in transportation improvements that have positive effects on economic growth, and increase mobility and safety, no matter how big, or how small they are,” Secretary Davey said.

The city is overseeing the project, with construction expected to begin in April 2013 and completion in spring 2014.

View the entire Newburyport Roundabout blog post.

MBTA: September Ridership Increase

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MBTA weekday ridership for September 2012 increased by 1.5 % compared to September 2011, the 2nd consecutive monthly increase.

The increase to an average 1.369 million passenger trips per weekday comes in the third month since new fares took effect. Analysts had projected the new fares would result in a 5.5% decrease in passenger trips.

Bus weekday ridership increased by 2.3% and subway ridership grew by 3%. Commuter Rail average weekday ridership decreased by 0.2%, a smaller decline than expected. Ridership on the RIDE decreased by 15.2%.

Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis said the September numbers are encouraging because the month is more typical of regular MBTA ridership with schools back in session and summer vacations over.

Davis said MBTA staff will continue to evaluate ridership levels in the coming months before making a final judgment on the effects of the fare increase, but he said the data suggests many people still consider the MBTA an affordable and convenient choice. Check out MBTA Fares today.

Neponset River Bridge Completed Ahead of Schedule

Neponsit Bridge Press Conference

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey joined state and local officials to celebrate the substanial completion of the Neponset River Bridge.

"Governor Patrick and I are committed to working with cities and towns to invest in critical infrastructure improvements," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "In working with both Quincy and Boston through the state’s Accelerated Bridge Program, we are finishing major renovations to the Neponset River Bridge Project ahead of schedule and look forward to future economic growth opportunities and a better quality of life for the community."

The $33.7 million Neponset River Bridge project begun in February 2010 is funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program. The project will be completed in March 2013, five months ahead of the original scheduled completion date of August 2013.

“The Neponset River Bridge is a critical link between Quincy and Boston, and we’re excited to see this finish ahead of schedule,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “I want to thank our District 6 Construction team and our contractor JF White for their hard work in finishing early.”


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.

Legislation passed in August requires the Department to host at least six public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system next year. To ensure that all regions of the Commonwealth are represented, MassDOT has now scheduled more than 15 meetings through early December.

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:

November 8, 2012 6-8 PM
Quincy High School Auditorium
100 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA 02169

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

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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