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March 8 & 9

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The event is open to all transportation professionals including MassDOT, municipalities, consultants, contractors, vendors and manufacturers. To learn more, register to attend, or become an exhibitor or sponsor, visit the Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange website.

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February 12

Presidents' Day Holiday Services Update

MassDOT encourages motorists to travel safely during the upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend and be aware of service changes caused by the Monday holiday.

The Boston-Quincy I-93 HOV lane Northbound and Southbound will not be open on Monday, February 15.

Travelers should be aware of possible significant delays on I-91 South in Springfield on Sunday afternoons this winter and on the Monday holiday afternoon of Presidents’ Day, resulting from seasonal travel from Vermont, New Hampshire, and other northern destinations combined with lane closures on I-91 South as part of the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project.

The MBTA on Presidents’ Day will operate on a Saturday schedule for subways, buses, trolleys and commuter rail.

All Registry of Motor Vehicles offices and branches will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Please "Skip the Line" and visit the RMV online to begin or complete many transactions.

Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh Announce Joint Community Redevelopment Venture in Downtown Boston

A part of the Baker-Polito Administration's "Open for Business" Real Estate Asset Leveraging (REAL) Strategy, Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a joint state and city venture with Veolia North America to explore the strategic redevelopment of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) District 6 Headquarters and Veolia facility in downtown Boston.

A broad set of goals will be developed for the site with the engagement of community leaders and residents, which could include economic growth and development, job creation and the addition of more open space and affordable, workforce and transit-oriented housing.

"Identifying prospects to redevelop and repurpose underutilized state property to advance economic growth and affordable housing is a valuable avenue to building stronger communities and opportunities for the people of Massachusetts," said Governor Baker. "We look forward to working together with Mayor Walsh, Veolia, the City of Boston and its residents to optimize this land’s impact and contribution to the neighborhood and city at large."

"I thank Governor Baker for his willingness to assess the inventory of State-owned land in the City of Boston and identify parcels that, if developed, could help the City achieve its long-term housing and planning goals," said Mayor Walsh. "This announcement today is yet another example of how a strong partnership between the City and State can bring tremendous economic development benefits to the people of Boston. I look forward to continuing this work with the Baker Administration and members of the community in creating a vision for the development of this site."

The 5.5 acre parcel at 185 Kneeland Street, bordered by Chinatown, the Leather District and South Station with the Ink Block developments nearby, offers the potential for up to 1.5 to 2 million square feet of redevelopment. The first public input session will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 2nd in the 1st Floor Conference Room at 185 Kneeland Street. Comments can also be submitted by email to

MassDOT's District 6 Headquarters will be relocated or replaced and a scaled-down version of Veolia North America's steam plant will be included as part of the redevelopment.

"This location is ideal for transit-oriented redevelopment and we look forward to the community process which will help determine how the property will be used in the future," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "We know the site can be put to better uses which will enhance the vitality of the surrounding neighborhood and spur economic growth in the adjacent business district while generating own-source revenue that MassDOT can reinvest in our transportation system."

MassDOT Responds to Latest Winter Storm

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA responded to this week’s significant winter storm.

MassDOT crews worked around the clock to treat and clear state roadways. More than 3,300 pieces of MassDOT and contractor equipment were deployed during the peak of the storm. Before snow arrived, roads were pre-treated.

The MBTA and commuter rail activated the Storm Desk to mobilize de-icing equipment, snow plowing equipment, and increased staffing. Storm preparations include having some locomotives run in off-schedule times to keep tracks clear or idle overnight in certain locations to ensure the equipment continues to operate properly. Some MBTA equipment runs overnight.

Mass transit riders are encouraged to sign up for T-Alerts and to follow updates on Twitter @MBTA_CR and also @MBTA. Additional information is available by contacting Customer Service at 617-222-3200.

MBTA: Green Line Service Temporary Suspension between Park and Haymarket

On selected weekends and nights, MBTA Green Line service will be suspended in both directions between Park and Haymarket stations to allow for platform work as part of the Government Center Station project.

The diversion will allow personnel access to the Government Center Green Line platform and track area to perform necessary work. The project remains on schedule, and the station will reopen next month. The dates and times for the trolley service suspensions are as follows:

February 13, 14 – Train service will be suspended beginning Saturday, February 13, through Sunday, February 14. This will allow work on the Green Line to replace rail on the westbound track.

February 16, 17 & 18 – Regular service suspended starting at 9:00 p.m. and ending each night right before revenue service begins the following day

February 20 & 21 – Full weekend Diversion on the Green Line for the track department to replace rail in the Westbound track. Diversion begins after revenue service on Friday February 19, 2016 and ends before revenue service begins on Monday February 22, 2016.

February 22 – Regular service suspended once the Bruins game ends and the rush of customers subsides. Roughly 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. start time.

February 23 – Green Line service suspended beginning at 9 p.m. and ending before revenue service begins the next day.

February 24 & 25 – Service suspended once the Celtics games end and the rush of customers subsides. Roughly 11 p.m. on February 24, and about 10 p.m. on February 25, and ending before revenue service begins the next day.

Customers requiring further eastbound service from Park Street can take the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing. Customers requiring further westbound service from Haymarket can go to the Orange Line platform at Haymarket Station.

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