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MassDOT January
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January 20
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Suite 3830
Boston, MA 02150
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Silver Line Gateway Project Updates

MassDOT's Silver Line Gateway project team has launched an expanded project website. The website features the latest information.

MassDOT continues to welcome your ideas and participation in this process while the project is in construction. Please sign up for email alerts and participate in community meetings. Interpreters will be available at community meetings and project information will be posted on the project website.

Check out the entire Silver Line Gateway Project Updates blog post.

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January 8, 2016


Fall River RMV Opens New Location

On Monday, January 4, the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division welcomed customers to its new location in Fall River. The new branch has been designed to improve efficiency and reduce customer wait times. The new branch is nearly twice the size of the former location.

During the month of November this year, at the former location, more than 7,000 customers were served at the RMV Fall River branch. The new Fall River branch is located at 1794 North Main Street, in the Sagamore Mill Complex.

The branch opening follows an announcement by Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito earlier this week about innovative service improvements at the RMV. Specifically, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor credited a new dual-line queuing method with a state-wide reduction in branch wait times. Through this system, a “Ready to Go Line” provides a Green Line for prepared customers to immediately enter the line, and an Orange Line for customers who need more assistance and who need to perform lengthier transactions.

Since September of 2015, eleven branches have converted to this system, with remaining branches to be converted next year. The dual-line model is built into the design of the new Fall River branch. Under the new system, 74% of customers were served within 30 minutes in November 2015, compared to 59% in November 2014. The new model has also been successful in reducing and eliminating the “hidden wait time” customers spend in line for a ticket in order to be served.

The RMV reminds customers that the best place to do business is online as it offers over 20 online services online at www.massrmv.com.


Longfellow Bridge: January Closures, MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversions

MassDOT's Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project contractor will implement a series of bridge closures and Red Line weekend diversions during January 2016. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Fridays to 5:00 AM on Mondays.

The closures are necessary to implement MBTA Red Line diversions that replace trains with buses and allow work to be performed in close proximity to the Red Line tracks to prepare for Stage 3 of construction. The schedule is as follows:

Longfellow Bridge Closures:

  • Friday, January 8 - Monday, January 11
  • Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18
  • Friday, January 22 - Monday, January 25
  • Friday, January 29 - Monday, February 1

Red Line Weekend Diversions:

  • Saturday, January 9 - Sunday, January 10
  • Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, January 17
  • Saturday, January 23 - Sunday, January 24
  • Saturday, January 30 - Sunday, January 31

Bus service will be in place from the start of service on Saturdays to the end of service on Sundays. Buses will replace Red Line trains in both directions for service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park Street Station, with a stop at Charles/MGH Station. The bus route and stops are shown on this map. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for people with disabilities. Red Line trains will resume service on Monday mornings. Please visit the MBTA's service updates webpage for additional information.

For more information, please visit the project website. View construction progress photos on MassDOT's Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline, 617-519-9892, or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.


Western Massachusetts Turnpike State of Good Repair Public Meetings

MassDOT scheduled Public Meetings in January for the Western Massachusetts Turnpike State of Good Repair and Tolls Review.

State law provides that the Turnpike shall be operated and maintained free of tolls when all notes and bonds issued by the Department of Transportation have been paid in January 2017 and the Turnpike is deemed to be in good condition and repair to the satisfaction of the department.

The MassDOT Highway Division will host the public meetings to present and discuss its Triennial Review (State of Good Repair) report for the Turnpike and its impact on the status of tolls. Remaining meetings include:

Springfield - January 19, 6pm, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street
Framingham - January 26, 6pm, Framingham Town Hall, 475 Union Ave. Blumer Room
Lenox - January 28, 6:30pm, Highway District 1 Headquarters, 270 Main St.

As federally mandated by Congress in 1982, MassDOT is required to submit a Triennial Review regarding the state of repair every three years. This report, conducted by an independent team, reviews the condition of highway assets, such as bridges, roadway assets, facilities, and pavement, along the Western Massachusetts section of Interstate 90. MassDOT will solicit input from the public on the Triennial Review, the state of repair of the Western Mass. section of the Turnpike and other capital needs for this section of highway.

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