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Anderson Memorial Bridge Public Meeting Set

A Public Information Meeting for the proposed Anderson Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation Project has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:30 PM, in the Auditorium of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., School, 100 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge.

The purpose of this meeting is to present the Anderson Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation project, alternatives being evaluated as part of the design process and the Environmental Notification Form. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments about the Environmental Notification Form and the project in writing by March 4, 2011. More information and copies of the Form are available on the project website or by contacting Michael Trepanier...

New Bedford Station Design Contest Winner

MassDOT and the City of New Bedford announced the winners of a contest to provide design ideas for the proposed Whale's Tooth Intermodal Station and opened a display of the entries at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mayor Scott W. Lang and South Coast Rail Director Kristina Egan presented the awards on behalf of a panel of judges.

As part of the South Coast Rail project, MassDOT and the MBTA are partnering with communities that will host new rail stations to plan the area and design the rail facilities to catalyze economic development while enhancing community character...

The Road to Reform

MBTA: New Commuter Rail Locomotives

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined commuter rail riders and state officials aboard a new diesel-electric locomotive on its inaugural ride from Worcester to Boston. The state-of-the-art diesel-electric locomotive is one of two trains purchased from the Utah Transit Authority, and marks the first time in more than two decades that new locomotives will join the MBTA's commuter rail fleet.

By employing new technology that makes the engines more fuel efficient and prevents unnecessary idling, the new locomotives will reduce nitrogen oxide levels by 20 tons per engine annually. Each locomotive in the existing fleet burns 228,000 gallons of fuel per year, resulting in the release of 241 tons of nitrogen oxide. These new locomotives will burn about 36,500 fewer gallons while generating more horsepower. The energy savings will be about $78,000 a year per locomotive.

In June 2010, the MassDOT Board of Directors approved the purchase of an additional 20 new diesel-electric locomotives from Motive Power, Inc. of Boise, Idaho at a cost of $114 million. The 20 new locomotives will be brought into service in 2013 to replace the 20 oldest units in the fleet.

The MBTA commuter rail fleet operates under a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company. The fleet consists of 410 coaches including 140 bi-level and 270 single coaches, and 80 locomotives. The fleet ranges in age from seven to 29 years. Commuter rail service carries approximately 148,000 customers round-trip each weekday.


Green Line Extension Funding Approved


by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

The MBTA Board of Directors has approved funding for the next phase of design for the Green Line Extension project. For this next phase, the MBTA has retained the services and expertise of a joint venture led by HDR Engineering, Inc. and Gilbane Building Company. Both firms have offices in Boston and have worked extensively on MBTA and MassDOT projects. We look forward to the experience and skills they will bring to the Green Line Extension project, and will soon be organizing events in the Green Line Extension municipalities to introduce the new team members to the communities.

The MBTA has also released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Owner's Representative Services to support the MBTA with implementation of the Green Line Extension project. In the RFQ, the MBTA requests that the Owner's Representative team possess expertise in key disciplines anticipated for the project, including the development of monthly and annual project reports, peer review of materials, value engineering, and cost recovery analysis, if applicable.

As always, if you have any questions on the project, you can send an email to katherine.fichter@state.ma.us.


MassDOT Aeronautics Supports GreenDOT

MassDOT's GreenDOT environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative is a priority focus in all MassDOT divisions. GreenDOT's three primary goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote healthy transportation options including walking, bicycling, and public transit, and support smart growth development.

Katie Servis of the MassDOT Aeronautics Division is a member of MassDOT's Sustainability Committee who along with other committee members is featuring the "green" initiatives of MassDOT. In the Aeronautics Division, Servis is assembling "green" fact sheets on the Commonwealth's general aviation airports.

In the latest edition of the Aeronautics newsletter, the fact sheet highlights the installation of a solar panel system on the roof of the community hangar at the Northampton Airport. The solar panels are connected to the local utility power grid and are projected to provide up to $1,800 worth of electricity annually.

Visit the MassDOT Aeronautics Division on the web to learn more and view the Aeronautics newsletter in news and updates.


MassDOT Board March Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.

The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.