On the Trans Blog
MassHighway Building Bridges
MassHighway contractors are on schedule and moving forward with the $4.3 million construction of the Route 1- Newbury Street bridges over Route 62- Maple Street, in Danvers.
In Charlton, Accelerated Bridge Program contract funds allowed quick repair of the structurally-deficient bridge Hammond Hill Road Bridge over the Little River. The bridge reopened less than one month after repairs began.
Salem Commuter ParkingGovernor Patrick has announced the Salem commuter parking facility will move forward. The 750-space parking facility to be located at the Salem MBTA commuter rail station will be funded in part by $3 million from the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management. That investment will allow 150 parking spaces to serve the new Essex County Courthouse complex. The balance of the spaces will be available to daily commuters who park and ride the commuter rail to Boston.
The Road to Reform
Accountability is a centerpiece of transportation reform and at the new MassDOT. Going forward we will measure our progress on reform based on the following themes:
Performance management will be a centerpiece of MassDOT. We will use as a foundation for our efforts an easy-to-use accountability approach that mirrors the MassHighway Scorecard measuring the impact of project delivery streamlining efforts, or "Getting the Job Done," and the Accelerated Bridge Program Scorecard, tracking bridge conditions and project progress in fulfilling Governor Patrick's eight-year, $3 billion program to dramatically reduce the number of structurally-deficient bridges in the Commonwealth.
Just last week, in another step toward a more open, accountable transportation system the MBTA revealed a new online Scorecard, a monthly report that publicly outlines the performance of the T in key areas including: Ridership, Infrastructure, On-Time Performance, Reliability, and Safety. From questions relating to daily ridership figures to understanding how the T measures on-time performance, customers can now access this information at www.mbta.com. Customers may also share comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future editions of the T Scorecard will be based in part on issues raised in customer feedback to the MBTA.
EOT Pursues Public-Private Partnerships
Among the goals of the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, is to leverage transportation projects to spark economic development and encourage private sector investment to support more livable communities.
Executive Office of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Real Estate and Economic Development Peter O' Connor is on the frontlines of that effort, working on redevelopment of state-owned land and property.
O'Connor told the Boston Globe he is working "to find opportunities where there are public assets that arenít being utilized where you can combine them with private investments to make something happen."
EOT Developers Conference and Challenge
The Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) announced a Developers Conference and Developers Challenge with two winners receiving a free MBTA Charlie Card for a year.
Saturday, November 14th, 11am-4pm
Please register and RSVP here.
The Conference is free and open to the public and features transportation and technology speakers and breakout sessions where developers can discuss EOT data and the applications they are working on. The Conference builds on EOTís historic step toward openness by the creation of the EOT Developers Page. A well-known application called UniBus is utilizing Developers data to create an easy-to-use statewide transit scheduler for the iPhone. Massachusetts companies Sparkfish Creative and Wonderland Development have launched iPhone applications to help users navigate the MBTA system.
The Challenge inspires developers to create both applications and data visualizations, submit them to EOT, and release them to the public. The two top submissions will receive a CharlieCard valid for one-year of free travel on the MBTA in addition to recognition at the Conference. The CharlieCard awards are sponsored by MassRIDES, which helps residents reduce commuting costs by encouraging transit use, vanpooling, and carpooling.
The Challenge begins today, and applications can be submitted through November 9th, 2009. The applications will be judged on the quality of design, usability, and convenience.
Find information on the Conference and the Challenge at the EOT Developers Page.
New RMV Electronic Reminder Service
The Registry of Motor Vehicles is reinstating courtesy notices for driver's license and ID renewals, thanks to an innovative reform- a public-private partnership at no cost to taxpayers.
The RMV partnered with a private Massachusetts electronic messaging firm to develop a secure notification service that will alert customers a month before their license expires by email, phone or text message.
The RMV Reminder Service powered by Sendza, Inc. and sponsored by local businesses, will be free of charge to customers while using innovative technology that protects a person's most important identity document against fraud and abuse.
MassDOT Quick Fact
The new MassDOT will have:
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