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by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s meeting of the Design Working Group (DWG). The meeting was a good opportunity for the Project Team to provide the DWG members and assembled audience with an update on the progress that we have made on the station and track designs since our last public meetings in June. A copy of the meeting presentation and meeting minutes will be available shortly on our Working Group website.

As always, if you have any questions on the Green Line Extension project, you can email Kate Fichter.

View the complete Green Line Extension blog post.

Worcester Burns Bridge Public Hearing

MassDOT has scheduled a Design Public Hearing for the proposed Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project in Worcester and Shrewsbury for the following:

Worcester Technical High School
Conference Center
One Skyline Drive
Wednesday, September 21, 7pm

View the complete Worcester Burns Bridge Public Hearing blog post.

The Road to Reform

Rich Davey Assumes Position of MassDOT Secretary

Richard A. Davey as of September 2 assumes the position of Secretary and CEO of MassDOT, replacing outgoing MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.

In appointing Secretary Davey last month, Governor Deval Patrick said Davey has a “proven record of commitment to safety and customer service, along with an energetic leadership style that will allow him to hit the ground running in continuing to implement transportation reform at MassDOT.”

Since March 2010, Davey has served as MassDOT’s Rail and Transit Administrator and as General Manager (GM) of the MBTA. As GM, Davey has overseen an increase in MBTA ridership that hit a record 379 million unlinked passenger trips in the year ending June 30. He has made safety for customers and employees his highest priority, starting an MBTA Safety Hotline to encourage employee reporting of safety concerns. Davey spearheaded innovative customer service programs including the award-winning “Where’s the Bus, Subway, and Commuter Rail” Open Data Initiative to encourage development of smart phone applications at minimal cost to the MBTA. The Open Data Initiative alone has led to the creation of more than two dozen apps for smart phones and other hand-held devices, giving thousands of commuters real-time information on transit services. Davey also convened regular “Join the GM” customer outreach visits to MBTA stations and other facilities across the state in an effort to bring transparency and openness to the T.

“I am honored by Governor Patrick’s appointment and promise to build on the demonstrated commitment of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to create a unified transportation enterprise that puts safety first, serves the customer, and makes the most efficient use of our resources,” said Davey. “I am fortunate to follow Jeff Mullan and benefit from his mentorship in taking on this responsibility. As the first Secretary of MassDOT, Jeff has brought a depth of knowledge and boundless energy to the task, and I join the Governor and Lieutenant Governor in wishing him well.”

Phillipston "Heavy Lift" Honored as "Top Ten" Project in U.S.

The 2010 MassDOT Accelerated Bridge Program "heavy lift" Phillipston Bridge Replacement project this week was chosen as one of the Top 10 projects in the 2011 America's Transportation Awards competition by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

The Phillipston project and nine others are now eligible for a Grand Prize or People's Choice Award. A panel of experts will choose the Grand Prize winner. The People's Choice Award will be chosen by online voting. Visit AASHTO and the Awards on the web to view the Top 10 projects and vote

The America’s Transportation Awards were created to celebrate transportation improvements delivered by state departments of transportation “On Time”, “Under Budget”, and with “Innovative Management.”

The awards are sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Both the Grand Prize and People's Choice Awards carry a $10,000 cash prize that can be used to start a scholarship fund for transportation professionals, or given to a community charity.

Irene Impact

The MassDOT Highway Division offices in western Massachusetts and the Berkshires this week reported more than two dozen separate road locations with Irene-related impacts from roadway damage or flooding, including I-91, Route 2, Route 8, Route 20, and Route 112. Sections of roads are reopening as waters subside and repairs are made, while others await future repair.

Check out the online Google map of the latest road conditions in Western Massachusetts.

MBTA Ridership Continues to Grow

A trend on the T continued in July as more people were riding the MBTA compared to the same month in 2010.

Average weekday ridership across the MBTA system increased by 6.4% in July compared to July 2010 and totaled 1.283 million unlinked passenger trips per weekday.

MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey says with 6 of 7 months in 2011 showing increases compared to the same month last year, the T is trending toward record-breaking ridership numbers for the year. Davey points to economic growth and continuing high fuel prices as causes for the increases. Ridership growth was seen across the board in July, including bus, subway, and commuter rail. The Red, Orange, and Blue line heavy rail subways saw a particularly strong month with a ridership jump of 8.4%.

Visit to learn more about schedules and fares.

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.