News

MassDOT Launches New Safe Routes to School Signs and Lines Program

Published on 10/01/2019

MassDOT is announcing the launch of the new Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Signs and Lines Program.


Dr. Jimi B. Oke Joins Transportation Engineering Faculty

Published on 09/09/2019

Dr. Jimi Oke will begin teaching and researching as an assistant professor for the UMass Transportation Center this September.


Amtrak and MassDOT Announce Start of New Valley Flyer Train Service in Western and Northern Massachusetts

Published on 08/29/2019

Amtrak, in conjunction with MassDOT, is launching a new state supported seven day a week passenger train on Friday, August 30, called the Valley Flyer.


2020 Proposed MassDOT Research Projects

Published on 08/20/2019

MassDOT has a number of research projects proposed for 2020. Click here for the list of projects. Most of these studies are expected to last 1 to 2 years. Update (Oct 2019): The main application period for PI Interest Statements for these research projects has now closed, and PIs have been selected for almost all the projects. MassDOT is still seeking a qualified PI for one project, Short Sea Shipping in Southeast Massachusetts.


Dr. Michael Knodler Discusses the 'Zipper Merge' for Dealing with Highway Congestion Caused By Lane Closures on NPR.

Published on 08/14/2019

Michael A. Knodler Jr., Ph.D. Director, UMass Transportation Center was featured recently in an interview on NPR discussing the 'Zipper Merge' for dealing with highway congestion caused by lane closures.


Alyssa Ryan Wins Second Place in Highway Safety Information Systems (HSIS) Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award Program

Published on 08/14/2019

Alyssa Ryan was awarded second place in the 2019 HSIS Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award competition.


MBTA Announces Accelerated Schedule for System Upgrades, Cuts Project Timelines

Published on 08/13/2019

The MBTA announced several planned system upgrade construction projects will be accelerated, shortening some timelines by as much as eleven months for certain projects.


MassDOT Releases Study Detailing Congestion Impacts and Trends, Recommends Series of Next Steps

Published on 08/09/2019

A data-driven report on congestion was released today 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.


First Zero-emission, Battery-electric Buses Join the MBTA Silver Line Fleet

Published on 08/02/2019

Governor Charlie Baker, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak celebrate the introduction of the MBTA’s first brand new, zero-emission, battery-electric bus (BEB) prototypes into the MBTA’s Silver Line fleet.


Research Leads to New Book by UMTC Affiliate

Published on 07/26/2019

Research by UMTC affiliate, O. A. (Sam) Elrahman, Ph.D., leads to new book on transportation services and public health.


Baker-Polito Administration Files $18 Billion Transportation Bond Bill

Published on 07/25/2019

The Baker-Polito Administration today filed a transportation bond bill seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in building and modernizing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and cities and towns statewide.


MassDOT Releases State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

Published on 07/22/2019

The Baker-Polito Administration has released the final State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan for Massachusetts.