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Bay State Bike Week: Thank You!

MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES thanks everyone for all of the hard work put into making Bay State Bike Week a success!

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For more information about bicycling in Massachusetts, visit MassDOT’s bike page at Mass.gov/MassDOT/Bike.

June 27, 2014

#DOTSPEAK Highway Safety Message Contest

On the heels of the USE YAH BLINKAH highway safety campaign, MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey joined Highway Administrator Frank DePaola and Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue to announce the agency’s #DOTSPEAK contest to solicit the best messages from motorists on how to combat road rage, distracted driving and encourage seatbelt use.

"The national attention and viral nature of a simple message that encouraged motorists to follow the law and signal when changing lanes cannot be denied,”"said Secretary Davey. "We are hoping to hear your creative #DOTSPEAK ideas and together help stop bad behavior from happening behind the wheel."

Following the ‘CHANGING LANES? USE YAH BLINKAH’ highway message board campaign, MassDOT began reviewing its existing public safety campaigns to find new ways to use the message board medium to positively impact driver behavior and improve safety for all roadway users.

#DOTSPEAK entries may use local vernacular or contain common texting abbreviations, no profanity please. The messages must adhere to the highway sign character limitations. You can share your ideas on Twitter @MassDOT, Facebook.com/MassDOTInfo and on Instagram @MassDOT with #DOTSPEAK. Contest winners will have their message displayed on hundreds of message boards across the Commonwealth during some of the busiest travel periods of the year:

  • Road Rage Winner (August 15-18 — a top 10 travel weekend based on 2013 toll data)
  • Distracted Driving Winner (Labor Day Weekend)
  • Seatbelt Use Winner (Columbus Day Weekend)

Each winner will also receive a $50 gift card from our MassDOT service plaza partners: Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Exxon Mobil, and McDonald’s. In addition, service plaza partner Gulf will provide each winner with a $100 gift card. The deadline for entries in the #DOTSPEAK contest is August 1.

Governor Patrick Leads Lynn Broadway Groundbreaking

Governor Deval Patrick kicked off the reconstruction of a half-mile segment of Broadway/Route 129 in Lynn. The project will completely rebuild a key segment of Broadway between Wyoma Square and Flax Pond that connects regional traffic to Routes 1, 1A, and I-95/Route 128, and will increase safety and ease congestion in an area home to numerous small businesses and restaurants.

"Our transportation infrastructure is vital to continued economic growth and enhancing access to opportunities for businesses and residents alike," said Governor Patrick. "Making investments like this that will relieve congestion will keep us moving forward in the right direction."

In addition to reconstructing the roadway, the $5.5 million project will install new traffic signals equipped with modern technology to improve the traffic flow through the corridor. Other aspects of the project include reconstruction of sidewalks, new pedestrian crossings and improved drainage infrastructure. Completion of the project is scheduled for April 2016.

"It’s clear that the existing technology is not managing traffic as effectively as it could," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "Our goal is to rebuild this corridor so it meets the needs of today and that the area experiences a resurgence of economic activity."

The reconstruction of Broadway/Route 129 in Lynn advances the Patrick Administration’s Gateway Cities Initiatives to make long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure and provide economic growth to cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.

MBTA Team Aces APTA Customer Service Competition

An MBTA team won the Customer Service event in this month’s 2014 APTA International Rail Rodeo competition held in Montreal. The Operations Team of Green Line employees Jimmy Zhu and George Kilroy placed 1st in Customer Service and 5th overall competing with 15 transit agency teams from across the country.

The APTA International Rail Rodeo competition encourages excellence and professionalism in rail transit operations and tests an agency’s proficiency in knowledge of safety rules, customer service skills, train operating ability, and train inspection.

MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott applauded Jimmy and George and said, "the MBTA continues to set the national standard for customer service and will continue to strive to exceed a customer's expectations for assistance when riding the T."

Jimmy and George were pleased with their honor and said providing a high level of customer service is a natural part of their daily duties as T employees. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail.

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