MassDOT Begins Public Hearings Tonight on Transit Expansion

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What’s that? You already got through 117 pages of the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan for 2014-2018 (pdf)? You’ve got us beat, but do the Commonwealth a service and have your voice heard.

Tonight, MassDOT is holding the first in a series of public hearings on their future plans for capital improvements. Join the discussion tonight at 6:00 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza. It’s unfortunately the only one of several scheduled that is convenient for Bostonians, especially (ironically) those that don’t have cars.

Earlier this month, MassDOT made headlines for a number of standout initiatives included the investment plans. Some of our favorite highlights, and ones we’ll return to in the future:

  • Completion of the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford by 2020
  • Signal and track repairs to restore permanent Cape Flyer train service
  • Realignment of the Mass Pike through Allston and the Beacon Park train yards
  • Diesel multiple units (DMUs) expanding local service to Dorchester, Chelsea and the Seaport on the “Indigo Line”

If you can’t make it tonight, there are several more hearings over the next two weeks, per MassDOT’s website. But you will have to travel far and wide:

  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm,  Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield
  • Wednesday, February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Law Building, Moot Court Room, North Dartmouth
  • Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Lynn City Hall Council Chambers, 3 City Hall Square

There is a hearing tonight in Worcester’s Union Station, also at 6:00. Had we the resources, we totally would have liveblogged from the Worcester and Boston hearings simultaneously. Perhaps another time.