On the Trans Blog
Avoid Drowsy Driving
MassDOT joins the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in spreading the word about the National Sleep Foundation's "Drowsy Driving Prevention Week," November 2-8. The public awareness campaign advice is basic: drive alert, arrive alive.
Halloween On the Tobin Bridge
The landmark Tobin Bridge officially joins the MassDOT family on January 1, 2010. Three year old Knox Wallask and HIS family had a special tour of the Tobin just before Halloween.
The Road to Reform
Secretary Mullan Pledges Honesty, Transparency
The new Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) began its first official week of operation at 12:01am on Sunday morning, November 1, with the immediate debut of the new customer-focused website, www.mass.gov/massdot.
The next day on November 2 the new MassDOT Board of Directors gathered for its initial meeting and heard Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeff Mullan offer a series of pledges to the citizens and others:
"To the citizens of the Commonwealth, we pledge honesty and candor about the issues we jointly face, with a focus on cost savings, a more efficient customer service organization, a more rational, simpler approach to transportation, and a leadership approach consistent with those values.
To the board, I pledge to you complete cooperation and leadership in implementing this historic reform."
To our leadership team, I promise to you the authority to carry out your statutory responsibilities, with the understanding, which I know you gladly accept, of requisite responsibility that comes with the authority.
To our employees, I pledge to you communication and dialogue as we move through these times of change, and a respect for the work that all of you do.
To our stakeholders, I promise transparency in how we work, how decisions are made, and who is empowered to make decisions, and a civic engagement commitment to address the multitude of issues that must be faced in our enterprise."
Secretary Mullan in MassDOT's first week also asked employees to participate in shaping the new agency by searching for ways in their work areas where money can be saved and jobs done more efficiently, along with finding opportunities to better measure the performance of MassDOT in delivering essential services.
Visit the MassDOT Information Center to learn more.
Governor Patrick Attends Board's Historic First Meeting
Governor Deval Patrick promised a focus on "you the traveler" during remarks opening the inaugural meeting of the MassDOT Board.
The five new MassDOT Board members sworn in by Governor Patrick include: John R. Jenkins, Chair; Andrew Whittle; Elizabeth Levin; Ferdinand Alvaro; and Janice Loux.
MassDOT Board Next Meeting
The MassDOT Board of Directors will hold its second public meeting on Monday, November 9, 11:00am, in the MBTA Board room, Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston. A separate public meeting to consider MBTA agenda items will follow at 1:00pm in the same location.
MBTA Safety Review: Governor Calls for Swift Action
Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday accepted a top-to-bottom review of the MBTA's finances and immediately directed the administration's top transportation official to swiftly implement a plan to improve service and restore a culture of safety and transparency to a system millions of riders depend on every day.
"For too long we have not dealt with the service and financial problems the T faces. Folks have looked the other way and not always told the truth. That ends today," said Governor Patrick. "And while the picture is sobering and the problems are serious, we now know exactly what has to be fixed. The job now is to fix it."
In August, citing concerns about safety, finances and management, Governor Patrick asked former John Hancock executive David D'Alessandro to conduct an independent analysis of the MBTA's finances.
The Governor reassured the public the system is safe and pledged the MBTA will recommit to keeping it that way. He also explicitly ruled out a fare increase, saying, "Let me be clear that the MBTA will not see and I will not approve a fare increase until service has improved tangibly as possible with the resources we have."
The Governor directed the new Secretary & CEO of MassDOT Jeffrey Mullan to review the backlog of capital investments and re-prioritize projects in order to keep riders and employees safe. The Governor said he expects the Secretary's plan to be reviewed and approved by the time of the MassDOT's board meeting in January. The plan will be made public to increase transparency and accountability to T riders.
MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeffrey Mullan released the following statement in response to David D'Alessandro's independent review of the MBTA:
"David D'Allessandro's sobering reality check is a call to action for MassDOT. I want to thank Governor Patrick and David for the tremendous commitment they have shown to T riders by bringing attention to the serious financial problems facing one of our most important public institutions – the MBTA.
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