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Near Snow Plows:
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MassDOT’s Highway Division reminds motorists to use common sense while driving near plows as snow and ice crews work to clear state and local roadways during and following a winter weather event.

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January 22, 2016

MBTA Fare Proposals Public Meetings Begin Next Week

The MBTA will hold a series of public meetings on proposed fare changes, beginning Monday, January 25.

The January and February gatherings will be an opportunity to offer recorded comments, which will be considered by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board and MassDOT. A series of 10 public meetings on fare changes will be followed by a vote of the Board, which is anticipated to occur in March. The Board will consider public input on two possible scenarios. Fare adjustments are just one part of a broader effort by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to close the T's projected $242 million deficit for FY17 with a series of cost cutting measures and improvements in operational efficiency.

The T has created an online Fare Options Comparison tool to give customers the opportunity to calculate fares under the proposed changes as follows:

Comments may also be submitted using the tool.

Written comments about the MBTA fare proposals will be accepted through Friday, February 12, and can be mailed to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee; online at mbta.com; by email at fareproposal@mbta.com or by phone at (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.


MBTA: South Boston Bus Stop and Service Improvement Plan

After hearing from the community and elected officials, the MBTA announced its updated plan for South Boston bus stop and service improvements. The changes are designed to enhance service reliability, reduce overcrowding at bus stops, and to optimize bus stop locations and spacing.

South Boston bus service will permanently travel inbound via Broadway rather than on E. 4th St., to match the outbound routing. The temporary route had been in place since last winter, when roadway configurations changed in response to historic snowfall levels, and this change makes the temporary route permanent.

This change will enhance public safety and other benefits, include wider lane and sidewalk widths, and less susceptibility to delays caused by double-parked vehicles, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles, and emergency vehicles.

The MBTA and consultant team will advance designs for accessibility improvements and bus stop consolidation at remaining bus stops planned for E. 1st St, Farragut Rd., E. Broadway, P St., and L St.

The consolidated stops are expected to increase walk times by 1-2 minutes for most customers, but this is offset by travel time savings from consolidated stops and reliability improvements. The changes will also upgrade the existing stops, which do not meet MBTA accessibility guidelines, while minimizing parking impacts. Placement of bus stops in locations with wider sidewalks will also improve the experience for waiting passengers and increase waiting space for passengers. Over the course of a weekday, shorter bus travel times via E. Broadway result in 4.5 fewer bus-hours on the streets of South Boston—even for the same number of trips.

In a separate initiative, there are plans to reconstruct the City Point bus terminal. The MBTA will coordinate to see if there are opportunities for improved transit amenities or other neighborhood benefits as part of this process. As part of these improvements, the MBTA will explore a new Bus facility along E. First Street.

Also through our ongoing Bus service planning effort the MBTA is exploring other additional improvements to Bus Service for the South Boston Neighborhood. Future public meetings related to this effort will be announced.

Visit MBTA.com for South Boston service and bus stop improvements details


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 22 - Monday, January 25
  • Friday, January 29 - Monday, February 1

Red Line Weekend Diversions:

  • 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.

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:

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.

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