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RMV Pioneer Valley Partnership

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian this week joined AAA Pioneer Valley President and CEO Chris Mensing at the AAA branch in West Springfield to launch the newest MassDOT/AAA partnership location to offer Registry services. This newest RMV branch will serve AAA Members residing in the Pioneer Valley at their AAA West Springfield location at 150 Capital Drive.

MBTA Red Line Weekend Construction Begins

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian this week joined AAA Pioneer Valley President and CEO Chris Mensing at the AAA branch in West Springfield to launch the newest MassDOT/AAA partnership location to offer Registry services. This newest RMV branch will serve AAA Members residing in the Pioneer Valley at their AAA West Springfield location at 150 Capital Drive.

For more information on the RMV, including access to expanded online services including license and registration renewals, visit http://www.mass.gov/rmv. For more information on AAA, visit http://www.aaa.com/branches.

Date: 11/18/2011

Airport Economic Impact Study: Jobs

Governor Deval Patrick this week visited Bridgewater State University's Aviation Training Facility located at the New Bedford Regional Airport to announce the results of a comprehensive statewide airport economic impact study that finds Massachusetts public airports generate $11.9 billion in economic activity and support approximately 124,000 jobs.

After touring the training facility, Governor Patrick proclaimed the month of November as "General Aviation Month."

After touring the training facility, Governor Patrick proclaimed the month of November as "General Aviation Month."

The Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study completed by MassDOT Aeronautics Division with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration measured the total economic impact of the 39 public-use airports in Massachusetts, including Boston Logan International Airport. The airports’ $11.9 billion in economic activity and 124,000 related jobs reflects commercial airline service, military aviation, emergency law enforcement and medical transport activity and general aviation.

The Administration's investments in state airports also includes a $7 million grant awarded by MassDOT's Aeronautics Division to the city of New Bedford to help supports its ongoing $17 million New Bedford Regional Airport runway safety project, which is also supported by federal funding. The project began in 2010 with completion expected in 2013.

“The funds supporting this project in New Bedford will improve safety for all aviation users, including the Bridgewater State University flight instructors and the student pilots,” said Christopher Willenborg, MassDOT Aeronautics Division administrator.

The Bridgewater State program established in 1981 offers a four year Bachelors of Science in Aviation Management that includes flight training. Currently, there are approximately 140 students in the aviation management program.

The MassDOT Board of Directors in the past two years has approved additional infrastructure investments in the Commonwealth's airports, including a $13.4 million grant for runway extension and safety at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport and $13.1 million toward a new terminal building at Barnstable Municipal Airport, in addition to annual ongoing airport maintenance improvement projects statewide.


MassDOT Winter Prep: Cost Savings, New Equipment

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey has outlined steps being taken to clear state roadways during the upcoming winter season in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

MassDOT is adding new equipment to be used by MassDOT employees, reducing the need for outside crews and vendors.

Four new Tow Plows, seen at left, allow one vehicle and driver to plow multiple lanes of Interstate highway, saving on crew and fuel costs.

Five new loaders purchased for the upcoming season will decrease the need for outside vendor loaders at highway depots.

MassDOT is increasing outside crew use of so-called Wing Plows, which also plow and remove more snow from a wider portion of roadway, reducing the total pieces of equipment needed for snow and ice activities.

MassDOT has also added significantly to the number of crews using closed loop controllers, a computerized system that automatically adjusts the amount of salt or other materials applied to the roadway based on the speed of the truck and other factors. The result is a savings of up to 40% in the use of materials.

Overall, MassDOT estimates a reduction of 200 in the number of hired pieces of equipment needed. More than 4,000 pieces of MassDOT and hired equipment will be available for safe and efficient clearing of roads. MassDOT is coordinating closely on snow and ice operations with MBTA, MBCR commuter rail, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

In the Winter of 2010-2011, MassDOT efficiency and savings initiatives reduced the overall cost per inch of snowfall from $1.9 million to $1.3 million. MassDOT reconfigured snow and ice routes, added MassDOT employees while reducing the number of hired vendors, and used new procedures and incentives to reduce road salt usage while negotiating a new salt contract that reduced the price of salt from $71 per ton to $50/ton.


RMV: License, ID Veterans Designation

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced that the RMV will offer Massachusetts veterans the option to have the word “Veteran” appear on their driver’s license or ID card, beginning in January 2012.

The veteran designation is designed to increase awareness about available resources and benefits. With this feature, first responders will be alerted of all veterans and the Department of Veteran's Services will notify veterans of benefits they may not have accessed. There is no cost for the veteran designation, as long as it is added during license renewal time.

"The Registry of Motor Vehicles is excited about the new veteran designation, which is a free service upon license renewal," said MassDOT RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian. "Veterans who have not accessed Department of Veterans' services will find a wide of array of benefits are available."

Governor Deval Patrick last week declared November 2011 as “Hire a Veteran Month,” and the Patrick-Murray Administration announced new initiatives and resources to support the hiring of Massachusetts veterans, while increasing access to additional services. Governor Patrick also launched an Interagency Task Force on Hiring Veterans and directed all Executive Branch agencies to promote the benefits of hiring veterans. Last week’s announcements build on existing partnerships and business collaborations initiated by Lieutenant Governor Murray, chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services.

Visit MassDOT RMV on the web to access online license and registration renewal and other services.


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.

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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