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MassDOT January Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 16
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
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"Fill a Bus" With New Toys

Fill A Bus

MassDOT and the MBTA this week are holding the 12th annual "Fill-A-Bus" new toy donation program.

Donations of a new, unwrapped toy were accepted at South Station or on the MBTA "Fill-A-Bus" visiting communities across the service area.

The Fill-A-Bus program benefits ABCD - Action for Boston Community Development; MSPCC - Mass Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and the The Freedom House. Sponsors include Equity Office and Radio 92.9.

MassDOT and the MBTA thank everyone for their donation!


Green Line Extension Phase 1 Construction Begins
Green Line Extension Phase 1 Construction Begins

Governor Deval Patrick this week celebrated the start of phase one of construction to extend the MBTA's Green Line into the cities of Medford and Somerville.

"Today, we're here to reaffirm our commitment to seeing this project get under way," said Governor Patrick. "For the residents of Somerville and Medford, the Green Line extension means expanded employment opportunity, housing opportunity and recreational opportunity. This project is about more than transportation. It's about growth."

Phase one of the Green Line Extension is a $12.9 million effort to reconstruct two railroad bridges in Medford and Somerville to accommodate new Green Line tracks. In addition, under the contract, a building in the city of Cambridge will be demolished to clear the path from extending the tracks from Lechmere Station.

On June 11, 2012, MassDOT received notification from the Federal Transit Administration that its application to enter the preliminary engineering phase of the project for the New Starts Program was approved. This approval puts the Green Line Extension project into a position where by it can compete for funding to finance approximately half the project's total cost.

"This project is a long time coming, and we're grateful to all of the advocates who have kept this project in the forefront of our minds," said Secretary Davey. "We're excited that work along this corridor is taking a major step forward and we look forward to continue making progress."

The project contractor is Barletta Heavy Division. Phase I includes reconstructing the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford and the Medford Street Bridge in Somerville. Harvard Street Bridge reconstruction will begin this month; Medford Street Bridge reconstruction will begin in the spring 2013. Demolition of the building located at 21 Water Street in Cambridge will occur later in 2013. The overall project is expected to cost $1.12 billion.

Taunton Bridge Project Benefits Drivers, Environment
Taunton Bridge Project Benefits Drivers, Environment

MassDOT this month is completing major construction on the innovative Bay Street Bridge Project in Taunton in a partnership that will benefit commuters and the environment.

The project used accelerated bridge construction techniques to replace the structurally deficient bridge that carries Bay Street over the Mill River. MassDOT contractors cast prefabricated bridge units made of steel and concrete and erected them by crane in just half of one day. The bridge also uses secant piles- piles that join together making a structural wall.

The new, wider bridge is located just south of Lake Sabbatia, which could provide spawning and nursing habitat for a large population of Alewives, Blueback Herring and American Eels. The aged Morey's dam, located almost underneath the bridge, did not allow fish passage. The project replaces the dam and the new dam includes an eel ramp and fish ladder.

MassDOT designed the bridge, dam, and fish ladder and eel ramp in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. MassDOT's award-winning Design Manual requires context-sensitive design on all projects.

The Division of Marine Fisheries will monitor fish passage using one of the first video counting systems to be installed in Massachusetts. A population of alewives and blueback herring could return in as little as three years following removal of downstream dams.

The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of December.

MassDOT RMV: Next Generation Operating System
MassDOT RMV: Next Generation Operating System

The MassDOT Board of Directors this month unanimously approved a contract for the design, development and installation of a new operating system to serve the next generation of Registry of Motor Vehicles customers.

The 63-month contract awarded to Deloitte Consulting LLC not to exceed $76.8 million includes all costs to create and implement a new system, which will save an estimated $19 million dollars or more each year- a return on investment of approximately six years.

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey said, "This modernization project will revolutionize the way our customers interact with us. Their time spent in line and on the phone will be reduced and we will use technology to make each customer's Registry profile readily accessible and easy to understand."

The existing 27-year old COBOL-based system, known as ALARS (Automated Licensing and Registration System), is pushed to the limit as it handles seven million transactions each day.

"This investment is one that will increase the ease of doing business with the Registry," said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian. "Modernization will allow us to better respond to the needs of our customers and business partners and give us a system that can adapt to new administrative, legislative and regulatory changes like never before."

The new system will also evaluate staff and branch performance, provide reliable revenue collection and distribution, improve information sharing with law enforcement, and expand services conducted by our business partners in the vehicle sales and insurance industries.

Visit the RMV online today to perform many basic license and registration transaction.

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