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For Immediate Release: 03/05/2012
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MassDOT I-93 Message Board Alerts Commuters to MBTA Lowell Line Next Train

MassDOT Highway, MBTA Collaboration Offers Driving Commuters Information about Convenient Rail Option

BOSTON- Monday, March 5, 2012- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) today announced a new real-time travel information collaborative initiative designed to provide I-93 Southbound commuters information about a nearby commuter rail option on the Lowell Line.

A variable-message sign (VMS) positioned just after the I-93 Concord Street exit (exit 39) will display the time of the next scheduled train departing from the Anderson-Woburn Regional Transportation Center on the Lowell Line during the morning commute.  The message will be displayed until several minutes before the next departure to allow customers enough time to exit I-93 and drive safely to the rail station.

“MassDOT Secretary Davey has placed a high priority on customer service and collaboration among transportation agencies, and this real-time message effort will inform highway commuters about a nearby, convenient public transit option,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. 

“The MBTA has established a nationally-recognized track record in providing riders with real-time bus, subway, and train location and arrival information,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis. “This is another innovative step in encouraging commuters to park the car and take public transportation to work.”

The I-93 VMS will display departure times from Anderson/Woburn on the Lowell line Monday through Friday from the first train leaving the station at 5:55 a.m. through the 11:35 a.m. train.  The message will be displayed until several minutes before each departure, then show the departure time of the following train.  Any departure with a delay of greater than 10 minutes will automatically not be displayed.

The Anderson/Woburn station parking lot charges 4 dollars daily. The Anderson/Woburn stop is in Commuter Rail Zone 2, with a one-way trip cost to Boston North Station of $4.75. The scheduled trip time is 27 minutes to North Station.  The 8:05 a.m. train with fewer stops is 21 minutes.  Visit http://www.mbta.com to learn more about fares and schedules.

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