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Wednesday, June 18

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10 Park Plaza

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MassDOT Reunites 9 Secretaries of Transportation

A Real-Time Data symposium not only recognized MassDOT for excellence in innovation but also brought together in one place nine leaders representing decades of transportation governance.

MassDOT’s Highway Division partnered with the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) for the day-long gathering in April titled "Real-Time Data: The User Experience". ITS America honored MassDOT for its unique approach to traveler information.

Presentations and panel discussions provided information on initiatives enhancing the transportation experience through real-time data analytics, including the GO Time system, evolution of open data in the changing world and the future of public-private partnerships and sharing of big data.

View the entire 9 Secretarys blog post.

May 30, 2014

South Coast Rail: Technical Assistance Grants

The Patrick Administration announced this week that communities in the South Coast area can apply for technical assistance grants for projects that support the goals of the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan.

In previous years, communities have used the grants to implement the smart growth principles of the Corridor Plan through projects that include transit oriented development bylaws, riverwalk planning, mixed-use bylaws in town centers, and bicycle and pedestrian connectivity studies. The deadline to submit applications is June 30, 2014.

"This is the seventh year that MassDOT has made technical assistance funding available to the communities in the South Coast Rail corridor," said Richard Davey, Secretary and CEO of MassDOT. "South Coast cities and towns are positioning themselves to welcome economic development that aligns with their goals, preserves natural resources, and ensures sustainability."

The technical assistance grants are part of a broader strategy to target state investments in the region to advance the housing, economic development and preservation goals outlined in the Corridor Plan. According to a report prepared by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, $939 million in public investments was targeted to South Coast cities and towns for fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Technical assistance grants have been provided to communities in the region over the last six years, totaling more than $1.3 million. Applicants for the Fiscal Year 2015 awards are encouraged to focus on proposals for projects that support opportunities in Priority Development and Priority Preservation areas and advance the smart growth goals of the Corridor Plan. In particular, communities are encouraged to submit applications that will advance zoning or permitting in support of mixed-use development in the region, furthering Governor Patrick’s housing production goal of 10,000 new housing units per year.

For more on the plan, and to see priority areas for each community, visit

Arlington: Massachusetts Avenue Project Begins

MassDOT's contractor for the reconstruction of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington this week began initial steps for the project. Early operations will include the installation of construction signs, erosion control measures, protection for trees, and drainage work. There will be no impact on sidewalks or peak-hour traffic.

The $6.84 million project will reconstruct Massachusetts Avenue from Pond Lane to the Cambridge-Arlington town line. The work includes reallocating roadway space to include a three-lane cross-section for vehicles along with new bicycle and pedestrian amenities. Sidewalks will be rebuilt, crosswalks enhanced, and traffic signals modernized.

Arlington residents are invited to learn more about the project’s construction and 2014 operations and meet the project team at a public information meeting as follows:

Thompson School, Gymnatorium, 60 North Union Street, on Monday, June 16th at 7:00PM.

MassDOT's project contractor is J.H. Lynch and Sons. The project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016.

For more information, visit the Town of Arlington’s website:

Sign up for project email alerts at For immediate questions or concerns, contact Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis, or 617-482-7080 x236.

Green Line Extension: Tour the Community Path

The Green Line Extension team invites you to take a virtual tour of the Green Line Extension multi-modal Community Path. The 3-D model tour presented at a Community Path public meeting in May is now available for viewing on MassDOT YouTube online.

The simulation will take you from West Boulevard in Cambridge and head northwest where it will connect to the Somerville Community Path at Lowell Street. This 1.9-mile path will be built as part of the GLX Project and connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street, and the relocated Lechmere.

We invite you to take a tour along the GLX Community Path.

More information related to the Community Path can also be found on the GLX website:

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