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MassDOT January
Board Meeting

January 23
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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Freight Plan Public Open House Set
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MassDOT’s Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the freight system in Massachusetts and identify solutions to current and future challenges to the freight system.

The first Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan has been scheduled as follows:

Thursday, January 26
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Union Station (Union Hall)
2nd Floor
2 Washington Square
Worcester

View the entire Freight Plan blog post.

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January 20, 2017

MassDOT Highlights New Travel Time Technology: Free Mobile app

MassDOT announced that a total of 146 “GoTime” signs, which provide real-time traffic travel times, are now activated on highways throughout the Commonwealth and that a new mobile app with GoTime data is now available which will allow drivers to see real-time travel information before they leave their home or workplace.

The GoTime mobile app can be downloaded onto Apple devices and downloaded onto Android devices.

aerial of toll plaza demolition zone

"We are taking steps to help drivers make informed decisions about their travel before they get on the roads", said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "Armed with information about how long travel times are, drivers can make decisions before getting on the road about whether they should drive, take transit, or whether they should travel at an off peak hour if possible. As I have said, we aren’t going to build our way out of congestion, but we can 'smart' our way out by giving drivers tools for them to make informed decisions."

"GoTime is one of the most innovative technology projects for DOTs in the country," said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. "Our roadside travel time signs have been very well received and now we have an app that can get drivers the information on the signs before they set off to school, to jobs, and to other destinations. MassDOT is giving the traveling public information which will make their trips more hassle-free and the ‘GoTime’ signs are going to be a regular part of trip planning for many commuters and visitors to our state."

The GoTime project is now providing drivers with up to the minute travel times on over 700 miles of state highway on 146 signs to over 300 destinations. This technology will allow traveler to view estimates of how long their commute will be, and promotes reduced congestion and improved air quality by giving drivers a tool to make informed travel decisions. It also allows MassDOT personnel to better measure the impact of projects on travel times (for example, data was used to measure impacts of the Toll Demolition and Roadway Reconstruction Project on Interstate 90.)

The GoTime mobile app, now available on the Apple and Android app stores for free, connects to the data in the roadside system by making the sign displays available to drivers before they leave their home or workplace. Customers can select and favorite signs, and pull up the sign information before they get on the road. MassDOT will be making improvements and modifications to this version 1.0 app release, and app users can submit their feedback and suggestions to info@massdotgotime.com. The app is not meant to compete with Waze or Google, but to provide drivers with access to the roadside sign data before they are on the road.

The mobile app functions by displaying real-time information on drive times between various points and major interchanges throughout the state. It also allows users to pull up their favorite sign displays and view the travel times on their phone before getting on the road.


Toll Plaza Demolition, Reconstruction Public Meetings Continue

aerial of toll plaza demolition zone

MassDOT next week continues a series of public meetings to update the public on the status of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling and the progress of demolishing existing toll plaza infrastructure and reconstructing the roadway.

Representatives of MassDOT will discuss the construction progress in 23 work zones, timeline for completion, what to expect as the project moves into the spring and summer months and other issues.

These public meetings will be to receive feedback from users of I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), and neighboring communities and to provide interchange specific information about what the traveling public can expect during 2017. All meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, January 23, Northampton, District 2 Highway Office, 811 N. King Street

    Plaza Focus: Westfield, Westfield, West Springfield / I-91, Chicopee, Springfield / I-291 Ludlow, Palmer
    (If weather postpones the January 23 meeting, this meeting will be held January 24)

  • Tuesday, February 7, Lenox, District 1 Highway Office, 270 Main Street

    Plaza Focus: West Stockbridge and Lee
    (If weather postpones the February 7 meeting, this meeting will be held February 9)

If you are unable to attend a public meeting, a copy of the presentation will be available on the Toll Demolition Project web page. Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email AETinfo@dot.state.ma.us.


MBTA: Framingham/Worcester Line Commuter Rail Schedule Public Meetings Set

Commuter Rail Locomotive

The MBTA will hold three public meetings for people to share comments and suggestions about proposed Framingham/Worcester Line Commuter Rail scheduling changes. The meetings will be held in Newton on January 31, in Worcester on February 1, and in Natick February 6 as follows:

Tuesday, January 31 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Newton City Hall War Memorial Auditorium 1000 Commonwealth Avenue -  Newton

Wednesday, February 1 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Union Station Second Floor 2 Washington Square - Worcester (Parking is available in the Union Station Garage at 225 Franklin St.)

Monday, February 6 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Natick Town Hall Second Floor 13 East Central Street - Natick

Comments and other material presented at the meetings will be recorded and considered by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board and MBTA management.

Comments about MBTA Commuter Rail schedules will be accepted through February 17.


Fall River: Route 79 Braga Bridge Project Completion Overview

MassDOT invites you to review the final fact sheet for the Fall River Route 79 Braga Bridge Improvements Project.

Braga Bridge

The work reached substantial completion in fall 2016 with the reopening of all lanes on the Braga Bridge

This landmark project offered significant long term enhancements:

  • Improved roadway system that better connects people to I-195, Route 79 /138, the Fall River Downtown, and the Waterfront District
  • Advanced multimodal access to new and existing paths and better safety for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Reduced life-cycle maintenance needs and costs
  • Preserved and improved cultural landmarks and access to them, such as the Gates of the City Battleship Cove, Community Boating, and Heritage State Park
  • Preserved and improved cultural landmarks and access to them, such as the Gates of the City Battleship Cove, Community Boating, and Heritage State Park

The project finished ahead of schedule and on-budget thanks to careful coordination and innovative approaches that accelerated construction.

MassDOT wishes to thank the City of Fall River, residents, businesses, and visitors for their patience and assistance during this major construction project.

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