MBTA

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is almost halfway done with its nearly six-year project to improve Route 18 from Weymouth to Abington. The construction will widen the road to two lanes and add a shoulder in each direction throughout the project corridor, a 4-mi.

Signs that Massachusetts' South Coast Rail project continues was evident on New Bedford's Church Street as the demolition of the old Julius Koch industrial site nears completion. Once home to the nation's largest supplier of cord and invisible tape for custom window coverings, the building was torn down and its four-acre parcel will become the site of the new Church Street train station, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

A data-driven report on congestion was released by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with recommendations for state and municipal government, the private sector and other stakeholders to make commutes by road and transit more reliable, accessible and predictable while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

MassDOT and the MBTA are announcing that the South Coast Rail Program has reached two critical Phase 1 milestones: a finance plan is complete and will be fully funded in the Commonwealth's Capital Investment Plan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has approved the final federal permit required for the program to advance.

Governor Charlie Baker appointed Chrystal Kornegay to the five-member Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) and to the eleven-member Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board.

Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced the appointment of MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Vice Chair Steve Poftak as the new general manager of the MBTA. Poftak, who will succeed Luis Ramirez, brings to the position deep knowledge of MBTA operations and finances, 16 years of public policy experience, a network of relationships, familiarity with the key challenges facing the authority, and a passion for public transportation.

The MBTA's contractor, Barletta-Fischbach, is scheduled to begin overnight work on the Green Line D Track and Signal Replacement Project. Work will take place in Brookline on Sunday through Thursday nights through Dec. 28, 2018. Work also will occur on select weekends in November/December in Brookline.

As part of a nearly billion-dollar investment to improve the South Side Red Line, work is under way on a $50 million renovation of Wollaston Station in Quincy, Mass. Major accessibility improvements, safety features and parking lot site improvements are among the changes being made.

The MBTA provided the Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) with an update on major short-term improvements with Green Line track areas along with a long-term strategic plan for continued track maintenance, which will improve service for customers and increase the reliability of the fleet.

The MBTA has announced that more than $101 million dollars has been invested in capital improvement projects in an effort to continue steps taken to make the transit system more resilient in severe weather. The MBTA also is encouraging customers now to prepare for their winter commutes by staying connected: sign up for T-Alerts, follow @MBTA and @MBTA_CR on Twitter; use the Transit app or the MBTA commuter rail app; and visit the MBTA website to learn about service information.

With customer safety a top priority and to complete the project on time, the MBTA has announced that Wollaston Station will close to Red Line customers for approximately 20 months beginning Jan. 2, 2018, as part of the Wollaston Station Improvements Project.