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Thank you for visiting the website of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). We hope that MassDOT has made your dealings with your state government easier and more efficient.

1. Users Agree to These Terms

This document contains terms of use for MassDOT's website. By using the MassDOT portal you agree to these terms and conditions. Please note that individual state agencies or other Commonwealth entities may adopt additional terms of use that apply to specific Web-based transactions with those agencies or data posted on their Web sites. In addition, you should also review the MassDOT privacy policy to learn about information collected by MassDOT, what that information is used for, and how it may be shared.

2. Other Sites Have Other Policies

For your convenience, MassDOT's website contains hypertext or other links to external Internet sites that are not provided or maintained by the Commonwealth. Please note that the Commonwealth cannot guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these external sites. In addition, the inclusion of links to non-governmental sites is not intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.In particular, please note that although MassDOT's weblog ("blog") appears to be part of this site, it is hosted by a third party provider. The Transportation Blog is intended to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public, the Secretary and members of his office. While we encourage your comments, ideas and concerns, please note that when visiting the blog, you are subject to a separate Terms of Use and Comment Policy.

3. Public Record and Copyright

All of the material posted on the Commonwealth's Websites and accessible to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a "PIN" or password) is public record. Most of the public record posted on Commonwealth Websites can be copied and used for any purpose. For example, all judicial opinions and all laws and regulations are public record. However, some of the public record posted on the Commonwealth's Websites is also copyrighted material (for example, regulations based on technical codes developed and copyrighted by private organizations).

With respect to material copyrighted by the Commonwealth, including the design, layout, and other features of MassDOT's website, the Commonwealth forbids any copying or use other than "fair use" under the Copyright Act. "Fair use" includes activities such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research, and other related activities. In addition, please be advised that MassDOT makes use of materials (including, but not limited to, photographs) copyrighted by third parties, which also cannot be copied or used for use other than "fair use" without permission of the copyright owner.

If you want to make use other than "fair use" of any copyrighted information on this Web site, you must seek permission directly from the copyright owner. The only part of this site to which the copyright rules stated above do not apply is the Transportation Blog. Please review the blog’s Terms of Use for specific copyright information.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Offices respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask users of our websites to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, we have adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, users, subscribers, or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers. We may also at our sole discretion limit access to our Web site and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement. If you believe that any material on this Web site infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, or that any link on this Web site directs users to another Web site that contains material that infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent as set forth below.

Notifications of claimed copyright infringement must be sent to MassDOT's Designated Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement. Our Designated Agent may be reached as follows:

Designated Agent: MassDOT General Counsel
Address of Designated Agent: Massachusetts Department of Transportation 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3510 Boston, MA 02116
Telephone Number of Designated Agent: 857-368-8600

4. No warranty, endorsement or liability

The Commonwealth makes no warranty that the materials contained within MassDOT's website are free from copyright claims, or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. The Commonwealth disclaims any liability for the improper or incorrect use of information obtained from MassDOT. With respect to MassDOT's website, any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other nongovernmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using the blog. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the Governor, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or its officers and employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying the Governor's or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service. MassDOT does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on the website is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. MassDOT may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on the Transportation Blog by any other person. The views expressed on the Transportation Blog by non-state commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Massachusetts MassDOT.

5. No waiver: Laws, Regulations and Policies Take Precedence

The content published on this website is subordinate to, and is not to be interpreted as an amendment to or waiver of, the Federal and State laws, regulations and policies applicable to the matters addressed in the site's content.
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