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MassDOT September Board Meeting

September 17
State Transportation Building
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA
Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Meeting Set

The Silver Line Gateway project will extend Bus Rapid Transit service into Chelsea and East Boston from Boston’s Seaport District. The new service will make stops at Airport Station on the Blue Line and four new stations in Chelsea before terminating at Mystic Mall. A Public Information Meeting on the project has been scheduled as follows:

Monday, August 18, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chelsea City Hall
Council Chambers
500 Broadway, Chelsea

We invite you to attend this meeting to learn more information about the construction process and schedule, ask questions or submit comments.

View the entire Silver Line Gateway blog post.

August 15, 2014

Healthy Transportation Compact Public Meeting

MassDOT is leading the nation in how we think about the intersection between health and transportation. The award winning Healthy Transportation Compact, created as part of 2009 Transportation Reform signed by Governor Deval Patrick, is a multi-state agency collaboration to balance all transportation modes, expand mobility, improve health, support a cleaner environment, and create stronger communities.

These ideals coupled with expertise fostered through the Compact partnership are helping to inform other MassDOT initiatives, in particular our emphasis on performance-based planning. MassDOT is working with our partners to ensure health goals are considered in all of our work, including weMove Massachsuetts, our capital planning process and scenario planning tool supporting our Capital Investment Program, as well as the Project Selection Advisory Council working to develop methods for setting project priorities.

To learn more about the Healthy Transportation Compact and the work that MassDOT is doing to support health, we welcome you to attend a Healthy Transportation Compact Public Meeting:

Wednesday, August 20th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd floor, Conference Room 1, Boston

Please check the Healthy Transportation Compact website for more information.

E-ZPass Sign Up: Beverly, Revere, Saugus, Malden

MassDOT E-ZPass outreach efforts are adding new customers at an unprecedented pace. More than 39,000 new E-ZPass transponders have been issued since All-Electronic Tolling began on the Tobin Bridge on July 21.

Tolls on the Tobin are 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.

The E-ZPass Team is visiting communities listed below in the next several days. Please stop by. 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.

  • Friday, August 15, 11am-5pm, Kowloons, 948 Broadway Rt. 1 North, Saugus
  • Saturday, August 16, 11am-5pm, Kowloons, 948 Broadway Rt. 1 North, Saugus
  • Monday, August 18, 11am -5pm, Stop & Shop, 40 Furlong Dr, Revere
  • Wednesday, August 20, 11am-5pm, Department of Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden
  • Friday, August 22, 11am-5pm, Stop & Shop, 40 Furlong Dr, Revere
  • Saturday, August 23, 10am-2pm,Kowloons, 948 Broadway Rt. 1 North, Saugus

MassDOT Highway: Emergency Response Manual

The MassDOT Highway Division, working in concert with its public safety and life safety partners, adopted and executed a revised Unified Response Manual (URM) for the Massachusetts Highway System. The URM establishes consensus among the Commonwealth’s various first-responder agencies with the principles of traffic incident management, and will ensure that the various agencies across Massachusetts continue to work together to clear traffic incidents safely and efficiently on the state’s surface roadways.

The TIM Taskforce served as the vehicle for preparing and adopting the new URM. The Task Force is chaired by David E. Long, MassDOT TIM Program Coordinator, and convenes quarterly to shape the Commonwealth’s efforts of easing congestion, mitigating the impact of incidents and improving roadway safety.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said, "The Task Force activities are essential to facilitating interagency communication, situational awareness, and preparedness for emergency response situations."

The new 2014 URM reflects alignment with the National Unified Goal (NUG) and new concepts and principles associated with Traffic Incident Management (TIM) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The new URM also reflects changes among the Commonwealth’s transportation, safety, and first-responder agencies since the last version was completed in 2006. The signatories of the URM include:

  • MassDOT Highway Division
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Heath
  • Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Massachusetts Highway Association
  • Massachusetts Statewide Towing Association
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