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ALL ELECTRONIC TOLLING (AET) UPDATE:
We are pleased to share that MassDOT heard the Partnership's, the MetroWest delegation's, and the public's concerns about proposed toll rate changes on I-90 when AET goes live at the end of October.
For your convenience, we have provided various resources below and we hope you find these helpful, especially the breakdown of toll costs in the Rate Grid created by our co-op student Zach Ramsfelder:
The October meeting focused on two topics, Toll Plaza Demolition and Roadway Reconstruction as I-90 moves to All Electronic Tolling (AET) and CrossTown Connect Shuttle service to/from the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line. Special thanks to Barry Lorion, District Operations Engineer at MassDOT District 3 for explaining the toll booth demolition process and timeline at the three I-90 exits in our region.
We would also like to thank Scott Zadakis, Director of CrossTown Connect Transportation Management Association (TMA), and Andrew Scribner-MacLean, Assistant Town Administrator in Maynard, for highlighting new shuttle services planned for the Littleton and South Acton stations on the Fitchburg Line.
August 18, 2016 Meeting with Keolis Commuter Services
Special thanks to Gerald Francis, General Manager for Keolis Commuter Services, Linda Dillon, Customer Service Manager, Scott Treece, Chief Transportation Officer, Pascal Baran, Chief Engineering Officer, and Anne Miller, Chief of Staff for another informative presentation and discussion on commuter rail in 495/MetroWest.
Provides an overview of CIP funding commitments in the 495/MetroWest region over the next five years.
May 2016-Draft MassDOT FY 2017-2021 Capital Investment Plan (CIP)
March 29, 2016 - Meeting with MassDOT D3 on projects in the 495/MetroWest Region
MassDOT D3 Representatives Jonathan Gulliver and Barry Lorion's informative presentation on the All-Electronic Tolling initiative can be read by clicking the link below.
Special thanks to Jonathan Gulliver and Barry Lorion of MassDOT for their comprehensive update on ongoing and planned infrastructure improvements for the region! See the report by clicking the link below.
Special thanks as well to Albert Ng of VHB for his presentation on MassDOT's Complete Streets Funding program, which can be found by clicking the link below.
495MWP Letter to MassDOT on their Western Turnpike Triennial Report
495MWP Letter to MassDOT and MBTA on Commuter Rail Schedule Initiative
December 16, 2015 - Commuter Rail and Transit in 495/MetroWest
Special thanks to Astrid Glynn, MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator, and Ed Carr, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Administrator, for their time and presentations! It was a lively and informative discussion on topics ranging from the fact that Commuter Rail schedules have not been comprehensively updated since the Eisenhower Administration to the ever growing service by the MetroWest RTA. See below for links to the presentations.
July 2015 - Letters, letters & more letters!
Anyone who follows the MPO process knows that July 2015 was the deadline for many letters on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), as well as the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Given the Partnership's 35 community service area, we work with both the Central Massachusetts MPO and the Boston Region MPO and it should be noted that a few communities on the edge of our service area are in additional planning and MPO regions. Below you will find links to the Partnership's commentary on these important documents:
I-90/I-495 Interchange Improvements Project
The Partnership has been pleased to host two meetings on this project, given its importance to our region and its status as #6 on our 495/MetroWest Region's 2014 Top Ten Transportation Nightmares. For your convenience, we have provided links to the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the project (filed March 2, 2015 with comments due March 31, 2015) as well as the MassDOT presentation from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Scoping Session on March 19, 2015. We have also included additional information from our December 2014 meeting as well (see below under Dec. 18, 2014).
May 28, 2015 - Long Range Transportation Plans
The Partnership hosted a timely discussion on the Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTP) for both the Central Massachusetts and Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). Both plans will be release in draft form for public comments in mid-June. In the mean time, below are helpful links and presentations on the documents:
And below are a few links to Boston MPO documents that might be helpful to review:
The Partnership thanks Sujatha Mohanakrishnan and Rich Rydant, Transportation Project Managers for the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, Eric Bourassa, Director of Transportation Division at Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and Anne McGahan, Chief Planner for the Central Transportation Planning Staff for the Boston MPO for their detailed presentations prior to the release of the draft plans.
April 30, 2015 - Keolis Commuter Rail
The Partnership was pleased to welcome back Gerald Francis, General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services to update our Committee on Commuter Rail operations in the 495/MetroWest Region. Given that our region includes three commuter rail lines, Fitchburg, Framingham/Worcester, and Franklin, we used the opportunity to share both public and private needs for commuter services, while noting the economic importance of reliable and expanded services such as reverse commute schedules. There was plenty of opportunity for stakeholder input from attendees following the Keolis Presentation. We look forward to next year's discussion with Keolis as a continuation of the productive dialogue to date.
March 19, 2015 - Transportation Projects from Concept to Construction
The Partnership hosted a panel discussion on how to get transportation projects from concept to construction. We were very pleased to hear the insights and expertise of April Anderson Lamoureux, President of Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC; Michelle Ciccolo, Director of Community Development in the Town of Hudson; and Arthur Frost, MassDOT District 3 Project Development Engineer, who detailed their experiences bringing transportation projects to fruition. For your convenience, we have made the MassDOT and Hudson presentations available below:
December 18, 2014 - I-90/I-495 Interchange Improvements Project
The Partnership hosted a briefing by MassDOT and their consultant, AECOM, on preliminary findings relative to I-90/I-495 Safety Improvements and Interchange Reconfiguration Project.
The need for the I-90 / I-495 Safety Improvements and Interchange Reconfiguration Project has been well-documented in recent transportation planning and economic development efforts by state, regional and local officials. The implementation of the All-Electronic Tolling System (AETS) along the entire length of I-90 (Western Turnpike, Boston Extension and Harbor Crossings) and associated toll plaza demolition provides a logical opportunity to address chronic safety and operations issues at the I-90 / I-495 interchange that will not be relieved by these actions.
MassDOT and its consultant, AECOM, have begun the process of developing conceptual alternatives for the I-90 / I-495 interchange and shared their early findings with local officials, property owners and other interested stakeholders at a meeting hosted by the Partnership in Westborough.
November 20, 2014 (Working Group on 495/9/90):
The Town Planners from Hopkinton, Southborough and Westborough shared each community's perspective on potential improvements to the interchanges and to the adjacent portion of Route 9. An informative discussion among Working Group members and MassDOT District 3 followed the overview of community objectives.
October 23, 2014
Long Range Transportation Planning for Boston and Central Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO):
Representatives from the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and the Boston MPO presented their goals and objectives in drafting their respective Long-Range Transportation Plans, as well as asked for stakeholder input.
Share your transportation priorities with Central Mass planners by filling out this quick and easy survey! Mobility 2040 Survey
September 26, 2014 (Working Group on 495/9/90):
MassDOT District 3 provided an update on the implementation of the All-Electronic Tolling System (AETS) along I-90. An update was also provided on potential solutions to the current constraints at I-495/I-90 Interchange, I-495/Route 9 Interchange and the adjacent portion of Route 9.
September 11, 2014
Focusing on the Federal Role in Transportation:
The Partnership welcomed representatives from the Federal Transit Administration, Senator Warren's office and Congressman Capuano's office for a federally focused discussion on transportation. It was an informative conversation with the priorities of each office and the Administration shared with the Partnership's public and private stakeholders.
May 8th, 2014 Meeting (Working Group on 495/9/90):
This was the first meeting of the Working Group, at the request of MassDOT, to begin a dialogue concerning the recommendations of the final study on the 495/9/90 Interchange area and its relationship to economic development in the 495/MetroWest region. The working group was visited by Kathleen Polanowicz, Congressman McGovern's District Director and General Counsel, who provided his perspective on the issues facing the interchanges. Two members from MassDOT were also present to give their agency's viewpoint: Jonathan Gulliver, District 3 Administrator; and Barry Lorion, District 3 Operations Engineer. Following this, the group, which includes both public and private stakeholders, then engaged in a discussion and provided feedback.
May 1, 2014 Meeting
The Partnership's constituents heard from Acting General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services, Gerald Francis, who introduced himself and Keolis to the 495/MetroWest region. He also provided information on the transition and mobilization planning his team is currently undertaking in order to be ready to begin operations on July 1st, 2014. In January 2014, Keolis was awarded the MBTA contract to run the state's commuter rail. The 495/MetroWest region includes three commuter rail lines, Fitchburg, Framingham/Worcester, and Franklin.
February 27, 2014 Meeting
MassDOT District 3 Update on the Region:
The Partnership welcomed MassDOT's District 3 Highway Division, namely Barry Lorion and Joe Frawley, who provided a detailed overview of the progress made on the 2004 Top Ten Transportation Nightmares for the 495/MetroWest region in addition to presenting other projects in the region.