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Public Hearings: Proposed Hazardous Material Route

Public Hearings will be held by MassDOT, as the state routing agency, to discuss the I-93/I-95 Non-Radioactive Hazardous Material through routing designation proposed by the City of Boston. The four hearings are scheduled as follows:

Waltham- Tuesday, August 30, 6:30-8:30pm, Clark Government Center, Main Auditorium, 119 School Street

Stoneham- Thursday, September 1, 6:30-8:30pm, Stoneham Town Hall Auditorium, 35 Central Street

View the complete Hazardous Materials Routing blog post.

RMV Agreement: Korean License Conversion

MassDOT RMV has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the Republic of Korea to convert valid Korean licenses, equivalent to a Class D, to Massachusetts Class D licenses.

Upon conversion, the Korean license must be surrendered to the RMV to be stored at the Korean consulate.

As part of this agreement, a Massachusetts resident who moves to the Republic of Korea will also be allowed to convert his/her Massachusetts license to a Korean license.

View the complete Korean License Conversion blog post.

The Road to Reform

Green Line Extension: Environmental Report

Posted by: Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

As many of you know, MassDOT and the MBTA recently announced a new schedule for the completion of the Green Line Extension project. The new schedule, which is included in our annual Status Report to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, estimates that the Green Line Extension will now open for passenger service during the period 2018-2020.

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold two public meetings on the same day to discuss and take public comment on the annual Status Report:

  • Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 13, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Washington Street Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Rooms A, B, & C MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston

The 5:00 PM public meeting will be extended after 6:00 PM as needed to allow for all interested parties to present testimony. This public notice provides detailed information about the meetings.

Since the submission of the annual Status Report, MassDOT and the MBTA have heard from many of you with concerns and questions about the future of the Green Line Extension project. We understand these concerns and want to emphasize that MassDOT and the MBTA are in no way choosing to delay the Green Line Extension project at this point. The new schedule reflects what we believe to be a realistic and reasonable assessment of how long the project will take to complete from its current point of development, given the many complex, interrelated, and time-consuming tasks remaining. We are not slowing the pace of our work or reducing our commitment to seeing the project through. Rather, we want to share with the public our latest understanding of the project status and what we believe will be required to open the Green Line Extension to passengers.

Over the next six months, MassDOT and the MBTA anticipate a number of important milestones in the development of the Green Line Extension project, including:

  • Public release of the federal Environmental Assessment, to be coupled with a public hearing and other opportunities for public comment.
  • Public meetings on the design of the extension of the Somerville Community Path and the light rail vehicle support facility.
  • Additional public meetings on the design of the Green Line Extension stations.
  • Submission of a full application for funding from the federal New Starts program

As always, information about the project is available at the Green Line Extension website.

Davis Appointed Acting MBTA General Manager

MBTA General Manager Richard Davey this week announced that Jonathan Davis will become the acting MBTA General Manager and MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator when Davey assumes the role of Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of MassDOT on September 2nd.

Serving for more than ten years as the Tís Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Davis directs the financial management and accounting functions of the Authority, manages the operating and capital budgets, and oversees the collection of all revenue. As the MBTAís senior financial advisor, Davis provides financial counsel to the General Manager and the Board of Directors.

Prior to coming to the MBTA in 1995, Jon worked in the private sector for 25 years at H.P. Hood, Inc. At that organization, he held various positions: Vice President and Controller, Vice President Operations Planning, Vice President MIS and Treasurer, and Corporate Controller. He received his MBA at Babson College and his BS at The Defiance College.

Paratransit Transportation Commission Meets

Governor Deval Patrick in April signed an Executive Order establishing a Commission to examine and offer suggestions to improve/reform Community, Social Service and Paratransit transportation.

As peopleís transportation needs change, so do their expectations of their public transportation system. As a result, the demand for services keeps growing, costs continue to rise and resources remain limited. The goal of the Commission is to develop detailed recommendations for reform and maximize efficiencies in the provision of these critical services utilized by persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, persons with Limited English Proficiency, and seniors and visitors to the Commonwealth.

The Executive Order established a Commission of 16 members. The Governor's office, through their outreach to State agencies and their partners, along with consulting industry leaders in various transportation areas, suggested names of people across the Commonwealth who possess the expertise listed in the Order for the Governorís review. The Commission is co-chaired by MassDOT Secretary Mullan and Health & Human Services Secretary Bigby. The 16 members include:

  • Jeffery Mullan - MassDOT Secretary and CEO
  • Dr. JudyAnn Bigby - Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Coleman Nee - Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Ann Hartstein- Secretary of Elder Affairs
  • Jay Gonzalez - Secretary of Admin & Finance
  • Ron Marlow- Assistant Secretary of Admin & Finance for Access and Opportunity
  • Richard Davey- General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Francis Gay and Thomas Cahir- Representatives for the Regional Transit Authorities
  • Francisca Fajana- One member with Civil Rights background
  • Judith O'Connor - One representative of a Council on Aging
  • Jini Fairley and Denise Karuth - Members representing Paratransit users
  • Mohammed Khan and Will Rodman- Members with expertise in Paratransit service delivery and
  • Linda Guiod - One member with extensive experience in human services

The Commission held its first meeting Thursday.

Six listening sessions will also be held throughout the state to allow for the general public to speak to Commission members about their experiences regarding community, social service and paratransit transportation. Dates for these sessions will be posted and publicized as soon as they are available.

MassDOT September Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 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.