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On the MassDOT Blog

Methuen Rotary Project: Travel Impacts

MassDOT has scheduled upcoming lane closures as part of the Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project. Beginning on Monday, July 28, 2014 until further notice, the I-93 breakdown lane will be closed from Exit 46 – Routes 110/113 to Exit 47 – Pelham St. on I-93 Northbound and from the Pelham St. on-ramp to the Routes 110/113 on-ramp on I-93 Southbound. The breakdown lane closure is a preliminary traffic control measure. Future lane shifts will be required to complete the work of the project.

View the entire Methuen Rotary Project blog post

July 25, 2014

MBTA: New WiFi System Announced

Under a new license agreement signed by MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, a state-of-the-art WiFi system will be installed throughout the MBTA’s sprawling network of fourteen Commuter Rail lines.

At no cost to the MBTA or its customers, inMOTION Wireless, Inc. will build a $5.6 million system that will expand and improve both the availability and quality of the existing WiFi service. The new WiFi service will also be provided on MBTA Commuter Boats and South, North, and Back Bay Stations.

"This is a very exciting time for our Commuter Rail system," said General Manager Scott. "While the introduction of new locomotives and new coaches will continue to improve on-time performance rates, customer service initiatives like WiFi and eTicketing make the overall commuting experience an even better one."

Under a 22-year license agreement, inMOTION will install, operate, and maintain a neutral, private, and dedicated WiFi network on all MBTA passenger coaches and ferries. MBTA customers will have free access to the internet, as well as a live television feed. Premium WiFi service, which allows customers to stream data and video, will be available for a fee of $15 per month. The MBTA will receive 7.5% of net revenue received from the WiFi program.

Nearly 140,000 passenger trips are made each weekday on the MBTA’s Commuter Rail network. Installation work will begin this fall, and the full system will be in place within eighteen months.

Boston: Plan Ahead for I-90 Lane Restrictions

On Sunday, July 27 at 9:00pm, MassDOT will begin work to improve the median and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge substructure on Interstate 90 in Boston.

Beginning Sunday night at 9:00pm and lasting for approximately six months, the left lanes in both Eastbound and Westbound directions on I-90 from west of the Prudential tunnel to the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge will be closed to traffic in order to create work zones for substructure rehabilitation work. Closure of the right lanes in both directions will follow upon the reopening of the left lanes. Three lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on I-90 Eastbound and Westbound during peak hours.

Short-term nighttime and weekend closures of an additional lane on I-90 Eastbound and Westbound may take place as required.

Work to be performed throughout this project will include rehabilitation of the east and west abutments, as well as major rehabilitation of the east and west piers. The project will also include reconstruction of the I-90 median.

The project will be ongoing throughout the next twelve months leading to the replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge deck over I-90 which is scheduled to begin in late 2015.

The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1962 and supports Commonwealth Avenue traffic and the MBTA Green Line.

MassDOT encourages drivers to plan ahead as those traveling through the area should expect delays.

E-ZPass Transponder Sign Up: Saugus, Chelsea

MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass as All-Electronic Tolling is now in effect on the Tobin Bridge. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program throughout the region in the coming weeks. E-ZPass is free to join and customers receive a transponder onsite.

The Street Team's upcoming schedule is part of MassDOT's continued efforts to enroll new customers in the E-ZPass program as the Tobin Bridge makes the conversion to all-electronic tolling. Tolls will be collected electronically through the E-ZPass transponder or via a "pay-by-plate" system, where an image of a license plate is taken and an invoice will be sent to the address listed on the vehicle registration. This means that vehicles will no longer stop at a toll plaza to pay cash.

Saturday, July 26th, 10am-1pm, Saugus Square One Mall Truck Show, 1201 Broadway, RT 1 South
Saturday, July 26th, 2-4pm, Chelsea Market Basket, 160 Everett Ave

In addition to these sign up sessions, you may also join E-ZPass online, or by phone, 877-627-7745. Transponders are also available at Registry of Motor Vehicles branches and from AAA.

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