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Construction Careers Attract Students

Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined representatives of the construction, engineering, and environmental industries, labor leaders, and more than 1,200 high school students at the 9th annual Massachusetts Construction Career Days at the New England Laborers' Training Academy in Hopkinton.

Construction Career Days brings high school juniors and seniors together with leaders of the construction-related industries, which are facing a future shortage of qualified workers.

View the Construction Career Days complete blog post

MassDOT Maintenance Crews Stress Efficiency

MassDOT Highway Division's Henry Brogna from Boston-area District 6 maintenance offers a story about making efficient use of the resources available and what he calls "the excellent work ethic" of a MassDOT maintenance crew in Westwood. In addition to their regular maintenance duties, the 11-person crew has worked to repair and reuse existing vehicles. A rack body truck was refurbished with a replacement body added. The set up truck, above, has been rebuilt from the frame up, with new wiring, metal fabrication, and paint.

View the complete maintenance crew blog post

The Road to Reform

MBTA Ridership Jumps

The MBTA's total average weekday ridership jumped 5% in March 2011 compared to March 2010. It is the biggest month-to-month increase since October 2008.

The T reports a total of 1.287 million unlinked passenger trips per weekday during March.

Ridership grew by 6.9% on the Red, Orange, and Blue Lines heavy rail lines and 7.7% on the Green Line and and Mattapan Trolley light rail systems. Beginning in March, 19 additional three-car train trips were added weekdays on the Green Line. Bus ridership grew by 1.9%. MBTA ridership has grown in six of the nine months beginning in July 2010, compared to the same month the previous year.

MBTA officials believe the ridership jump is likely a result of rising fuel prices along with modest economic growth and pent up demand from the recent harsh winter.

Join the 1.287 million and ride the T today. Visit the MBTA on the web at www.mbta.com.


Medford "93Fast14" Bridges Project Praised

On Friday night, May 6th through early Saturday morning, May 7th, MassDOT will execute a full test deployment of the median crossover operation on I-93 between Stoneham and Somerville that will be used on weekends this summer to replace 14 bridges on I-93 in Medford. The test deployment will bring the existing interstate highway from four-lanes in each direction to two-lanes in each direction, running in counter-flow operation on the southbound barrel of the highway.

The median crossover test is necessary to model the traffic management plan and will be fully coordinated with the Massachusetts State Police and the Fast 14 contractor.

I-93 directional traffic will be separated by a moveable “zipper lane” barrier throughout the 4.5 mile length of the crossover. One local access lane will be provided on the closed section of I-93 northbound to provide access to all of the ramps for Exits 31 through 33. The test deployment will also execute the procedures established by MassDOT for re-opening the interstate highway to full lane capacity by 5 AM on Saturday, May 7th. Specific details on the test deployment follow below:

  • On Friday May 6th, I-93 SB will be restricted to two lanes south of Exit 35 (Winchester Highlands/Melrose) beginning with a single lane closure at 8 PM to initiate the movable “zipper lane” barrier setup. The second lane closure will follow to complete the installation of the movable barrier for use of the crossover by 10 PM.

    I-93 SB will remain restricted to 2 travel lanes from south of Exit 35 to north of Exit 28 (Sullivan Square) between 10 PM Friday, May 6th and 5 AM Saturday, May 7th.


  • Through traffic on I-93 NB will remain restricted to 2 travel lanes from north of Exit 29 (Route 28/38 – Somerville/Everett) to north of Exit 33 (Roosevelt Circle – Route 28/Fellsway) between 10 PM Friday, May 6th and 5 AM Saturday, May 7th.

For more information or to sign up to receive future updates and schedule information, visit the project's website at www.mass.gov/massdot/93fast14.


Governor Patrick Joins Walk-Bike to School Day

Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday joined parents, teachers and school officials across the Commonwealth for Massachusetts Walk and Bicycle to School Day. The Governor walked a group of students to Glover Elementary School in Milton and encouraged walking or biking to school as a healthy, environmentally friendly option for those families who can do it.

Walk and Bicycle to School Day is part of the Commonwealth's Safe Routes to School Program, working with students, parents, school staff and local police departments in 121 communities and more than 380 schools to promote walking and bicycling to school in order to improve students' health, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Massachusetts communities.

Thousands of elementary and middle school-aged children celebrated the program at hundreds of walking and bicycling events throughout the Commonwealth. Safe Routes to Schools through MassDOT and MassRIDES provides students, parents and school staff with education and training on transportation, safety and health benefits from walking and bicycling to school. Participating schools also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding schools.

The Safe Routes to School program is a key component of the Healthy Transportation Compact, an initiative of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic transportation reform measure that promotes collaboration between the departments of transportation and public health to adopt best practices, increase efficiency and achieve positive health outcomes through the coordination of land use, transportation and public health policy


Three Cities Selected as "Bicycle Friendly"

MassDOT congratulates Boston, Northampton and Somerville, which have been selected as the first cities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be recognized as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists! Boston gained a Silver designation, while Northampton and Somerville each garnered Bronze designations.

MassDOT has worked in partnership with each of these cities to advance bicycle transportation through improved bicycle infrastructure and programs that support bicycling. MassDOT looks forward to continuing to work with these and other municipalities to realize our GreenDOT policy goal of promoting the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and public transit, which is part of our core business as your multi-modal DOT.

We are proud to share the good news that Boston, Northampton and Somerville are now nationally recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as Bicycle Friendly Communities.


MassDOT June Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 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.