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MassDOT June Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 18

State Transportation Building
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza

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MBTA: Fare Increases
Begin July 1

The MassDOT Board of Directors in May approved changes in MBTA fares effective July 1st, 2014. Fares for MBTA fixed route services will increase an average of 5%.

The fare increase is projected to raise MBTA fare revenue by approximately 4%, or $20-24 million, and result in a reduction in ridership of less than a 1%. The fare increase is consistent with the needs expressed in Governor Patrick’s Way Forward Plan issued in January 2013 and with the Transportation Finance legislation enacted in July 2013.

Visit for a complete list of new fares and other MBTA policy and public outreach information.

June 13, 2014

Boston Idea Week: Thinking "Outside the Bus"

MassDOT and the MBTA this week unveiled the IdeaBus, a repurposed 60 foot MBTA bus outfitted with furniture and décor from, on display outside of South Station as part of Boston Idea Week (BIW), running from June 11th through the 19th. MassDOT and the MBTA will collaborate on several events throughout the week that will spur conversations and bold new ways of thinking about transportation.

"A key part of progress in transportation comes from creative thinking and input from our customers who use our services every day," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. "At MassDOT, we’ve challenged our employees to start thinking differently about how we can improve the customer experience. I couldn't be happier to have MassDOT be a partner in a week dedicated to changing the way we think about our city and our lives."

BIW is an unprecedented partnership between the city, state, advocates, businesses and the community. Beginning Thursday afternoon, the MBTA & Wayfair IdeaBus will be parked in front of one of Boston’s busiest transportation hubs, South Station. The IdeaBus asks customers to reimagine the future of transportation and is intended to spark conversation about where the city and region are headed. Commuters and passersby are invited to come on board, check it out share their ideas for improving public transportation. MassDOT, the MBTA and are encouraging people to snap and share a picture of the IdeaBus for a chance to win a $250 gift card from and a one-month CharlieCard from the MBTA.

In addition to the IdeaBus, MassDOT and the MBTA will celebrate Idea Week in other ways. From June 16th – June 18th, the MBTA's Courthouse Silver Line station will serve as the venue for one of BIW's signature events; “Idea Lab: The Reality of Boston Now,” recognizing the many ways in which Boston has become a world-class city.

Throughout Idea Week, "Idea Boards" will also be located at three stations – Downtown Crossing, Ashmont and Courthouse – giving customers the opportunity to think and express themselves while waiting for their train or bus. They will be present throughout Idea Week and will be sponsored by various community groups, posing questions and generating a conversation about some of the city’s most pressing issues. The boards were provided by Gilbane Building Company and IdeaPaint.

Late Night MBTA, now in its third month, will also be part of the Idea Week celebration. On Saturday, June 14th, riders should expect performance artists and musicians on various late night trains.

Lee: Tyringham Road Reconstruction

Governor Deval Patrick this week joined MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola, state and local officials and business leaders to break ground on the reconstruction of Tyringham Road in Lee. The project will rebuild two miles of Tyringham Road from the Tyringham town line to Route 102 and enhance economic opportunities for Lee and the surrounding communities. "We are committed to investing in transportation improvements to create growth throughout the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "Tyringham Road is an excellent example of this commitment and will benefit area residents and visitors for years to come."

Advancing this project has been a collaborative effort between MassDOT and the community of Lee; Lee funded the design portion of the project. The work includes widening the roadway and adding new retaining walls, guardrails and traffic controls along with drainage improvements. The $4.4 million project also includes reconstruction of the intersection of Tyringham Road and Meadow Street. MassDOT issued the notice to proceed with the project following the passage of the Transportation Bond Bill in April. Construction work is now underway with completion scheduled for spring 2016.

"These long-awaited improvements in Lee will provide better access to dozens of area businesses and connect commuters to the Massachusetts Turnpike," said Administrator DePaola. "This is just one of many projects statewide that will enhance safe travel on our roads and bridges."

Taunton Project Wins Transportation Award

MassDOT's innovative Bay Street Bridge Project in Taunton this week received an award in the "Under Budget" category in the northeast regional America's Transportation Awards competition. Highway Division District 5 staff accepted the award at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 conference in New Hampshire.

The America's Transportation Awards competition by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) showcases outstanding and innovative transportation projects nationwide.

The Bay Street Bridge Project in Taunton completed in late 2012 benefits both commuters and the environment. The project used accelerated bridge construction techniques to replace the structurally deficient bridge that carries Bay Street over the Mill River. MassDOT contractors cast prefabricated bridge units made of steel and concrete and erected them by crane in just half of one day.

The new, wider bridge is located just south of Lake Sabbatia, which could provide spawning and nursing habitat for a large population of Alewives, Blueback Herring and American Eels. The former Morey’s dam, located almost underneath the bridge, did not allow fish passage. The project replaces the dam and the new dam includes an eel ramp and fish ladder.

MassDOT designed the bridge, dam, and fish ladder and eel ramp, seen at right, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

The Division of Marine Fisheries will monitor fish passage using one of the first video counting systems to be installed in Massachusetts. A population of alewives and blueback herring could return in as little as three years following removal of downstream dams.

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