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Green Line Extension Meeting: November 15

The Green Line Extension Project Team has scheduled a Design Working Group meeting as follows:

Thursday, November 15, 6:00-8:00pm, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford

The meeting will introduce the new preliminary engineering and final design team, as well update the committee on progress on the FTA New Start application and the schedule moving forward.

The building can be reached via MBTA bus routes 80, 94, and 96. Parking is available on Boston Avenue along Capen Street Extension, in the Dowling Parking Garage and surface lots near Miller Hall and Hill Hall (Tufts University buildings). Accessible parking is available next to the building. If you need access or language accommodations to fully participate in this meeting, please contact Karen Arpino-Shaffer at 617-426-9570 ext. 114 or info@glxinfo.comat least one week before the event.

More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website at: www.mass.gov/greenlineextension.

As always, if you have any questions on the Green line Extension Project, you can email us at info@glxinfo.com.

11/09/2012

MassDOT Winter Driving Tips

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As the first snow fell in parts of Massachusetts Wednesday and Thursday, MassDOT advised motorists across the Commonwealth to prepare for the return of winter weather driving conditions.

Among the key preparations, motorists should check all fluids, make sure their radiator is winterized, maintain a gas tank above half-full and keep windshield washing fluid on hand.

When driving, use the brake and gas pedal lightly when driving in icy conditions and watch for bridges, which freeze before roadways. Do not use cruise control in icy conditions. Clear frost from windows and mirrors. And remember that exit ramps may have less sand and salt on them than the highway.

In wintry weather, motorists should drive with headlights on, observe posted speed limits, never drink and drive, make sure everyone is using a seatbelt and be on the lookout for changing weather conditions.

Check the MassDOT Traffic page for live traffic cameras and traffic alerts and MassDOT Safe Winter Driving Tips.



MassDOT Introduces 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636)

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MassDOT has debuted a new telephone number to provide customers easy, direct access to statewide transportation information as part of its internal OneVoice transition.

“We are speaking with one voice throughout MassDOT,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “It’s a voice that is focused on the customer. Maybe you don’t know your highway district, nearest airport, bus route or what time the local RMV opens on Thursdays. Today, we are telling our customers all that information is just one call away, 857-DOT-INFO.”

In 2009, Transportation Reform integrated stand alone agencies including the Turnpike Authority and MassHighway. Today, MassDOT is comprised of four divisions: the Highway Division, Registry of Motor Vehicles Division, Rail and Transit Division and the Aeronautics Division.

Reform has allowed MassDOT to consolidate functions and see cost savings. The OneVoice telephone transition will result in phone bill and maintenance savings of approximately $422,000 each year.

Registry of Motor Vehicles customers may be familiar with 857-DOT, as the call center transitioned to 857-DOT-8000 earlier this year. For MBTA customers, this new line complements the existing customer service line, 617-222-3200, which remains active.

MassDOT is maximizing existing resources to acquaint the public with 857-DOT-INFO. Customers will notice ads on the MBTA system and on the Highway Division’s digital billboard PSA program and inside our RMV offices.

Employees with the new area code and exchange include those working at the State Transportation Building, the Registry of Motor Vehicles Headquarters in Quincy and its Boston branch, as well as MassDOT Highway District 6.



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.

Two meetings are scheduled for next week:

November 14, 2012 6-8 PM
Memorial Building -Nevins Hall
150 Concord Street
Framingham

November 15, 2012 6-8 PM
Mattapan Branch Library Community Room
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan

The complete list of meetings is available on the web at:
http://www.mass.gov/massdot/yourvisionourfuture



Worcester: Burns Bridge Web Cam

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An online web cam updated every 15 minutes is now available to view the progress to replace the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge.

This week, the project site work includes the positioning of the 300 ton crane which will assist in the construction of the bridge starting with the installation of the permanent foundation piles of the new eastbound bridge.

This operation will generate loud sounds from the steel piles being driven deep below the lake bed, with the work done only during daytime hours.

You can view the day to day progress of the project by visiting the Bird’s Eye View Camera.

The Burns Bridge is being replaced as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.



MassDOT Board December Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3830, 10 Park Plaza, Boston.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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