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For Immediate Release: 07/05/2012
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office
(617) 973-8472

MassDOT to Host GreenDOT Open Houses


Agency seeks public input on plans to become more sustainable

BOSTON — MassDOT is hosting a series of open houses in Worcester, New Bedford, Lowell and Amherst during the weeks of July 16 and July 23 to talk with the public and other stakeholders about efforts at MassDOT to build sustainability into our transportation services. The Draft GreenDOT Implementation Plan is posted on MassDOT’s website, and Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey invites the public to comment on the plan.

“The GreenDOT Implementation Plan will help MassDOT achieve our sustainability goals,” said Secretary Davey. “GreenDOT builds on existing policies and innovation and challenges all of us at the agency to do more. It includes measurable goals and short, medium and long-term policy targets. We are looking for your input and ideas to help us reach these goals.”

GreenDOT has three objectives:

  • Reduce greenhouse gases
  • Promote healthy transportation options
  • Support smart growth development

The implementation plan includes seven themes and 15 broad sets of goals.  MassDOT will work to implement three to five tasks or projects for each goal over the next eight years.

MassDOT staff members, regional transportation partners and advocates will also participate in the open houses. Participants are invited to stop by, learn more about GreenDOT and share their ideas and concerns. Comments on the draft implementation plan are requested by August 2, 2012. 

More information about GreenDOT and a comment form is available online:

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/greendot.aspx

Open house series:

Worcester - Monday, July 16, 5:30 - 7 pm

Union Station, CMRPC Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 2 Washington Square

New Bedford – Tuesday, July 17, 5 – 6:30 pm

Corson Maritime Learning Center, 33 William Street

Lowell – Wednesday, July 25, 5 – 6:30 pm

Rogers School, Room 54, 43 Highland Street

Amherst – Thursday, July 26, 5 – 6:30 pm

Bangs Community Center, Activity Room, 70 Boltwood Walk

All locations are accessible to people with disabilities. To request language assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alter­nate formats, or information on the meeting, please contact Kerri Chace at: kchace@reginavilla.com or 617-357-5772 x16.

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.

 

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