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Transportation Reform – Improving Service Delivery, Realizing Savings, Operating More Efficiently

In 2009, the Patrick / Murray Administration, working together with the Legislature, enacted An Act Modernizing the Transportation Systems of the Commonwealth. The Act radically changed the way individual transportation agencies function and interact with one another. Previously autonomous agencies are now working cooperatively under the newly-created Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). In the two years since Transportation Reform went into effect, MassDOT has changed the way we do business, found new and efficient ways of providing service and improved customer service across the various modes. In addition, MassDOT has implemented more than 90% of the recommendations issued in 2007 by the Transportation Finance Commission.

While we will continue to realize the benefits of these reforms over several years, we are already saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year. While we continue to work on creating a fully integrated and efficient system, we are simultaneously working to improve the customer experience within our transportation network. At the end of the day our mission is to provide users with a cost effective, safe and reliable transportation system.

We Need a Comprehensive, System-Wide Approach

As we continue to pursue additional savings and examine new ways of doing business, it is clear that these steps alone will not achieve the necessary level of savings to continue to fund our system at the level we do today. The needs statewide are too great. For decades deferred maintenance and a lack of prioritization of projects has lead to an billions in backlog of needs. Our task today is to determine what we can we afford - both now and in the future – and how we pay for the roads, bridges, transit, bikeways, and more that residents of the Commonwealth want.

Share your thoughts with us via email or letters.

Public Information Meetings were held on the following dates at these locations:

September 27, 2012 6-8 PM
Springfield Technical Community College
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October 2, 2012 5:30-7:30 PM
Worcester City Hall
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October 4, 2012 6 -8 PM
Pittsfield Public Library
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October 10, 2012 6-8 PM
UMass Amherst
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October 16, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Fitchburg Public Library Auditorium
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October 17, 2012 6-8 PM
Middlesex Community College - Lowell
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October 23, 2012 6:45-8:45 PM
Haverhill Public Library Auditorium
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October, 25, 2012 6-8 PM
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority - Hyannis
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November 8, 2012 6-8 PM
Quincy High School Auditorium
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November 14, 2012 6-8 PM
Memorial Building - Framingham
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November 15, 2012 5:30-7:30 PM
Mattapan Branch Library
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November 19, 2012 from 6-8 PM
The Conference Center at Massasoit - Brockton
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November 27, 2012 6-8 PM
McGlynn Middle School - Medford
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November 29, 2012 6-8 PM
Massachusetts Transportation Building - Boston
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December 3, 2012 6-8 PM
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - North Dartmouth
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December 5, 2012 6-8 PM
Lynn City Hall
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December 6, 2012 6-8 PM
Attleboro City Hall
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