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MBTA: Solar Infrastructure to Generate Tens of Millions in Revenue

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board today approved a plan allowing for the installation of solar energy generating equipment at 37 T-owned parking facilities. The 20-year lease agreement with Omni-Navitas Holdings LLC will generate $1.9 million in base rent in the first year, with a 3 percent annual increase.

Once all the locations are fully operational, the MBTA will also realize approximately $5 million in savings through a reduction in snow removal, electricity and lighting maintenance costs. Over the 20-year length of the lease, the MBTA will realize $55 million in income and savings.

View the entire Solar Infrastructure blog post.

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August 5, 2016

Worcester Area: Website Tracks Pothole Repairs

MassDOT announced the launch of a new website to track the repair of potholes in the Worcester area. The website displays real-time information about highway pothole repairs in District 3 of the Highway Division, which is located in the central part of the state.

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The Pothole Repair Dashboard is available at: www.mass.gov/massdot/potholes - Please bookmark or create a favorite to this link.

However, the link does not work on a mobile device.

The website captures real-time information about the date, location, size and cost of each pothole repair, and displays the information on a map and in easy-to-read tables.

"MassDOT's use of the pothole repair pilot program allows highway personnel to make informed data-driven decisions when allocating resources for roadway maintenance and resurfacing," said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

"This is a great example of how MassDOT continues to use data and technology to help us make better decisions on infrastructure repairs and to provide accurate travel conditions to the public."

The new website, which was created in April, also allows the public to monitor highway roadway maintenance spending.

"This new tool will showcase how dollars are being spent and the progress being made. The Highway Division prides itself on customer service and we believe this tool illustrates the daily efforts of our staff to provide safe roadways for the traveling public in a transparent way," said Administrator Tinlin.

Highway Division District 3 staff developed the website idea and helped implemented the pages for the site which is a “pilot” and may be expanded to other areas of the Commonwealth and may be expanded so customers can access the information via a mobile app.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to report potholes that are on state-owned roads to the MassDOT Highway Call Center at 857-368-3500 or to send an email to dot.feedback@state.ma.us Potholes on locally-owned roads should be reported to that community.


MBTA Debuts Performance Dashboard 2.0

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The MBTA has launched the next phase of the Performance Dashboard - available at mbtabackontrack.com - that tracks daily reliability levels of the four subway lines and all 170 bus routes. Responding to customer requests, the Performance Dashboard 2.0 now delivers performance trends over time. The updated dashboard also added average weekday ridership by month for commuter rail, ferry, and The Ride.

The MBTA launched its first interactive Performance Dashboard in March 2016. The Performance Dashboard gives the public the ability to look at the service of lines or routes for the more than one million passenger trips each weekday on the MBTA bus and subway systems. 27,500 users have made more than 35,000 visits to the dashboard since it launched, currently trending between 200 and 300 visits per day.

Among the new updates available on the Performance Dashboard being announced today:

  • Clicking "View Trends" shows performance over the last 7 days and the last 30 days.
  • The Calendar allows users to view other dates and see the 7 days and 30 days preceding that day.
  • Average weekday ridership by month for Commuter Rail, Ferry, and the Ride is now available, along with ridership as a month over month comparison between 2015 and 2016.
  • A Data Download feature allows users to download the data used in the dashboard to do their own analysis.

The Dashboard also includes additional historical financial data and the trend for overall customer satisfaction for the past year.

This new release is part of fulfilling the MBTA's commitment to transparency and open data and the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board’s pledge to provide the public with more information about T services.

"The Dashboard demonstrated our commitment to customer satisfaction and making decisions based upon the data," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "This update takes the next steps in delivering improved data to our riders and puts them in a public-facing, timely and understandable format."

The Dashboard reflects the same information used internally by the MBTA to improve the transit systems on-time performance. It focuses on four categories of metrics: reliability, ridership, financials, and customer satisfaction. Please visit the MBTA Performance Dashboard at mbtabackontrack.com


MassDOT: Jackie DeWolfe Appointed Director of Sustainable Mobility

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack has announced that Jackie DeWolfe has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Sustainable Mobility.

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"We believe Jackie's experience promoting bicycling, walking, and public transit across the Commonwealth will be valuable to MassDOT as we work to integrate new designs into traditional road projects and strengthen our communities by providing transportation options,” said Secretary Pollack. "There is a growing demand for 'complete streets' - roads that facilitate all modes of travel - and Jackie will help ensure that MassDOT is thinking broadly and inclusively about all users of our transportation system."

DeWolfe will be responsible for coordinating activities throughout MassDOT which enhance multi-modal transportation across the Commonwealth and for piloting new ideas. A key responsibility of this position is convening multi-disciplinary teams from across MassDOT, and coordinating with municipal partners, other state agencies, and nonprofit partners to drive change that will help the state meet its healthy transportation goals.

DeWolfe will be closely involved with the newly launched and already successful Complete Streets program which provides municipalities with funding to design and construct projects to make streets safer and more welcoming for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and users of public transit. Over the next year, $12.5 million will be awarded to cities and towns with plans to increase funding over the coming years. Working with MassDOT colleagues, DeWolfe will help to build the Complete Streets concept so it becomes an integral part of road design across the Commonwealth.

"It is an exciting time to join MassDOT," said DeWolfe. "There is great work happening, from the Complete Streets Funding Program to the newly released Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, statewide bike and pedestrian plans, and Healthy Transportation Compact. It is also a pivotal moment as the Commonwealth and communities all across the country are grappling with how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic, and improve safety, mobility and sustainability. I look forward to working with diverse teams to tackle these important issues and pilot new ideas."

Prior to joining MassDOT, DeWolfe was the Executive Director of LivableStreets Alliance, a non-profit that advocates for more complete street designs. She has also served as an independent consultant providing strategic planning, public engagement facilitation, and transportation trainings to public, private, and civic organizations across the U.S. DeWolfe lives in a Boston suburb where she often travels to destinations by commuter rail, MBTA Green Line, bus, bike, foot, ride share, and sometimes by car.

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