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November 21
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT Celebrates Mansfield School Pedestrian, Bicycle Access Improvements

MassDOT joined students, parents and local leaders to celebrate the completion of pedestrian access and safety improvements at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield.

View the entire Pedestrian, Bicycle Access Improvements blog post.

The improvements, constructed by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and support through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program created new infrastructure to support walking and bicycling for not only today’s children, but for future generations.

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October 7, 2016

Toll Plaza Demolition, Reconstruction Public Meetings Set

MassDOT will begin the demolition of all existing toll plazas on October 28, 2016 as part of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling (AET) along the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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MassDOT is holding four public meetings to provide information about what to expect as the toll booths are eliminated. Within the project overview, MassDOT will discuss: demolition process, timeline, hours of construction operations, traffic and noise impacts, material disposition and other project related issues. These meetings will ensure that users of the Massachusetts Turnpike and neighboring communities are fully informed about the construction process to minimize any public inconvenience.

All meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 11th - Lenox, District 1 Highway Office, 270 Main Street. Plaza Focus: West Stockbridge and Lee
  • Thursday, October 13th - West Springfield, Clarion Conference Center, 1080 Riverdale Street. Plaza Focus: Westfield, Westfield, West Springfield / I-91, Chicopee, Springfield / I-291, Ludlow, Palmer
  • Tuesday, October 18th - Westborough, Town Hall, 34 West Main Street. Plaza Focus: Sturbridge / I-84, Worcester/Auburn/I-290, Worcester/Rt. 146, Worcester/Millbury, Westborough/I-495, Framingham, Natick/Rt. 30
  • Wednesday, October 19th - Brighton, WGBH - Yawkey Theater, One Guest Street. Plaza Focus: Weston, Allston/Brighton, Ted Williams Tunnel

If you are unable to attend a meeting, a copy of the presentation will be available on the All Electronic Tolling web page linked above. Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email

Locations are accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print) as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact Katy Zazzera, (857) 368-8986 or email

Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting. For more difficult to arrange services including sign language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting.

MWRTA to Oversee Framingham Commuter Rail Station

Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and other transportation leaders visited the Framingham Commuter Rail station on Wednesday, October 5th, to mark a new partnership agreement between the MBTA and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) that transfers management of the commuter rail station and its 167-space commuter parking lot to the MWRTA.

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Under the terms of the new lease agreement between MassDOT, the MBTA and the MWRTA, a portion of the revenue generated from the commuter parking lots allows the MWRTA to build new bus shelters at the station and to finance an expansion of the parking area. The MWRTA is located in Framingham and the proximity to the station means the Authority will have consistent and close oversight of the property and be in a position to act on immediate maintenance needs.

"The MWRTA provides important local transit options to riders, and we are pleased to partner with them on the management and expansion of the Framingham Commuter Rail Station," said Governor Baker. "The additional amenities, reduction in costs for the MBTA, and value of the MWRTA's close proximity and ability to respond to immediate needs, will deliver better experiences and options for passengers."

"Engaging in strong partnerships with our stakeholders and regional entities like MWRTA is a really important process for the MBTA now and in the future," said Secretary Pollack. "There is far more to do than the T could ever do alone."

"This partnership will help the MBTA reduce costs, while allowing for closer oversight of the station," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "It is another example of the T taking steps to lower its operating costs while also improving service, and being responsive to the needs of our customers."

"Besides the obvious advantage of on-site management of the property to enhance the transit customer’s experience, the added value will be the growth of intermodal opportunities, such as ‘last mile ‘services, and bike/pedestrian amenities," said Ed Carr, Administrator of the MWRTA. "Coupled with the additional safety and security measures and the attention to accessibility issues, this partnership initiated by the Secretary, will be the catalyst for transit oriented development (TOD) in downtown Framingham."

The Framingham Station handles more than 1,400 commuter rail riders daily. Secretary Pollack began the initial effort that led to the lease agreement just over a year ago during a visit to Framingham. The new lease agreement benefits the MBTA because it relieves the MBTA of the burden of maintaining the commuter rail station and the parking lots.

With more than 130 Commuter Rail stations to maintain, MassDOT and the MBTA welcome the MWRTA’s assistance. The MBTA has partnered with other Regional Transit Agencies (RTAs), and the RTAs provide excellent overall management of transit facilities in those communities. Additionally, RTAs are eligible for federal FTA funding and frequently invest their funds into commuter rail stations, thereby helping the MBTA reduce costs and overhead.

Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add-A-Lane: Route 9 Shift, Public Meeting

MassDOT has announced an upcoming traffic shift and public information meeting as part of the Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add-A-Lane Project.

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There will be a public information meeting related to upcoming traffic shifts and other work for this project as follows:

Wednesday, October 26th
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Newton City Hall, War Memorial Auditorium
1000 Commonwealth Avenue

From 8:00PM on Friday, October 14th through the weekend of October 28th through 30th, the right most travel lane of the Route 9 Bridge will become an exit only lane for all traffic exiting I-95 NB for Route 9.

During the weekend of October 28th through 30th, the on-ramp from Route 9 WB to I-95 NB will be closed, in addition to closure of the breakdown lane on the Northbound side of I-95, to accommodate full depth excavation, construction, and paving of the mainline and new ramp. Once work is complete, traffic will be switched over to the newly constructed bridge and on-ramp, prior to the Monday morning commute. Appropriate signage and police details will be present to guide traffic to the detoured routes.

In the week prior to the closure, appropriate signage will be placed on Route 9 and the I-95 mainline to warn drivers of the upcoming work. In case of inclement weather, operations will shift to the following weekend. Motorists should exercise caution and allow additional time for their trip during construction operations. For more information please visit the project website linked above

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