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Freetown Route 24 Exit 8B Public Hearing Set

A design public hearing for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project, the Route 24 Interchange 8B Design Build Project in Fall River/Freetown has been set.

Fore River Bridge Public Information Meeting

A public information meeting for the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 – 9:00 PM in Hingham.

Winter Driving, Live Cameras

Before driving this winter, read MassDOT's winter driving tips or check out the online traffic cameras. Read more about MassDOT services to make your winter drive smooth.

The Road to Reform

MassDOT Outreach on Flickr

MassDOT's ongoing commitment to customer service and transparency includes not only regular updates of our Transportation Blog and daily communication to our many followers on Twitter but also expanded views of MassDOT employees at work on our Flickr photo site.

This week MassDOT on Flickr includes RMV employees wearing Red as part of the American Heart Association campaign to fight heart disease among women, along with photos of MassDOT “Friends of Haiti” employees learning about how to help following the earthquake and updates from bridge construction work in Oak Bluffs.

Check out the MassDOT Flickr account to view our progress.


Governor Patrick: First-Hand Look at MBTA Commuter Upgrades

Governor Deval Patrick rode the 111 bus from Chelsea to Boston and the Orange Line from Haymarket Square to Bunker Hill Community College this week, to experience the MBTA's new real-time arrival trial system in person. In November 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and MBTA released data feeds of real-time GPS locations for five popular bus routes. Over the past two months, eight applications have been created at no cost to taxpayers that operate on numerous platforms, including a touch-tone phone or SMS messaging, basic websites, desktop widgets, iPhone apps, Android devices and LED signs.

Last week, the MBTA also launched a new tool on its website, www.mbta.com, dubbed "T-Tracker" that includes real-time location and arrival prediction information for the five bus routes. Included in the real-time trial feed are the 39 (serving Jamaica Plain, the Longwood Medical Area and Back Bay in Boston), 111, 114, 116 and 117 (serving Haymarket Station, East Boston, Chelsea and Revere).

More information on transportation and other Massachusetts government data is available on www.mass.gov/data, the Commonwealth's Open Data Initiative site.


MassDOT Reform: Right of Way Experts Recognized

MassDOT's Right of Way Bureau has earned national recognition. The Bureau will receive the national 2010 Excellence in Right-of Way Award for Stewardship from the Federal Highway Administration following its statewide outreach program, Massachusetts Right of Way Process – Helping Communities Move Forward. Right of Way Bureau employees, left, are Thomas P. Gray, Director, Right of Way Bureau; Pamela Marquis, Community Compliance Administrator; and Linda Walsh, Transportation Planner.

The federal Excellence in Right of Way Awards recognize outstanding innovations and honor right-of-way professionals who excel in streamlining or improving the real property acquisition process while protecting the rights of property owners and tenants.

MassDOT's Right of Way outreach program included training sessions throughout the Commonwealth reaching more than 1,000 people to better inform cities and towns about Federal and State requirements when acquiring right-of-way for highway construction projects in order to qualify for federal or state funding.

This outreach program has increased awareness but also established stronger relationships between MassDOT and local city and town representatives. MassDOT will receive its award by the Federal Highway Administration in April. Visit the Right of Way Bureau web page.


MassDOT Employees Focused on Help for Haiti

MassDOT employees have formed a group "MassDOT Friends of Haiti" exploring ways to help in the wake of the devastating January 12 earthquake.

Today many concerned MassDOT employees during a brown bag lunch heard first hand accounts of the aftermath from Boston University professors and students who are experts in urban planning.

Those who witnessed the devastation emphasized the need to take immediate steps to get goods and people moving again in Haiti and listed four urgent needs: debris removal, waste recycling, heavy tents and other transition housing, and infrastructure inspection.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan thanked the employees and BU representatives for creating awareness of the magnitude of the quake's impact as a guide to next steps.

Visit Governor Patrick's Help for Haiti webpage and learn more about opportunities to help.


MassDOT Board March Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next public business meeting on Wednesday, March 3, in the MBTA Board Room, Boston. During 2010, meetings will be held in Springfield, Lowell, and Brockton, along with Boston. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.