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RMV Partnership Expands Registry Services in Boston


Downtown Boston resident and business professionals have additional MassDOT RMV service options beginning this week. The Registry of Motor Vehicles Division is further expanding its partnership with AAA Southern New England to launch license and registration renewals at AAA’s Boston branch. MassDOT Registrar joined AAA officials for the ribbon-cutting at AAA Boston offices.

Greenway: Major Housing Construction


Governor Deval Patrick joined local officials and community members to break ground on a major housing development project on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway.

Date: 11/04/2011

Highway Work Zone Speed Enforcement

Governor Deval Patrick this week joined the Massachusetts State Police, MassDOT, and state and federal officials to announce a pilot program targeting work zone speed enforcement. Beginning this week, State Police details will be deployed at construction sites around the state to strictly enforce speed limits through work zones.

The new initiative is funded through MassDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Fund and the National Highway Safety Administration and comes after a spike in accidents at work sites, most often involving drivers traveling at high speeds.

The recent increase of troopers and cruisers struck by drivers traveling at high speeds caused both the State Police and the Construction Industries of Massachusetts to join with MassDOT, the Executive Office of Public Safety, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop an initiative to step-up speeding enforcement in work zones.

“With increased construction across the Commonwealth, it is even more important for drivers to be vigilant about moving slowly through work zones, said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. “This campaign will remind drivers to slow down, be aware of their surroundings and protect the lives of the workers around them.”

Starting this Friday, November 4, enforcement details will be located at up to 12 construction sites each weekday to enforce traffic laws through work zones. The stepped up enforcement will coincide with the placement of signs and placards at MassDOT RMV branch offices, MBTA train cars, and on variable message boards along highways.

The work zone speed enforcement program is a $200,000 one-year pilot program funded by federal grants held by MassDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Fund and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

MBTA Ridership Reaches Modern Record

MBTA daily ridership reached what is believed to be its highest level in the modern record-keeping era in September.

System-wide average weekday ridership for September totaled 1.349 million unlinked passenger trips per weekday in September, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to September 2010.

The Red and Orange lines saw heavy ridership growth, including the highest average weekday ridership levels recorded since the introduction of the CharlieCard system in 2007.

Average weekday ridership has been higher in 8 of 9 months in 2011 compared to the same month in 2010. Ridership on all MBTA bus, subway, rail, and commuter boat services has grown for four consecutive quarters.

MBTA Acting GM Jon Davis says the ridership increases are due to growth in the Massachusetts economy and job market along with the increasing popularity of real-time smart phone apps making it easier for people to use the bus and subway systems.

MBTA Red Line Weekend Construction Begins

The MBTA reminds customers of upcoming changes in Red Line service due to construction activities.

Construction on the Red Line from the Harvard Square Station to Alewife Station will include rehabilitation of floating slab structures, water mitigation, and rail and third rail replacement in areas of the Red Line tunnel.

For approximately 17 weekends beginning Saturday, November 5 through approximately March 31, 2012, weekend service on the Red Line between the Harvard Square and Alewife Stations will be replaced by buses. There will be no weekend shutdowns over Christmas and New Year's.

MassDOT Board December Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.    

 The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board.  All meetings are open to the public. The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.

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