Department of Transportation

  • Nov 26, 2019

    Photos: ‘March for Life' in DC Celebrates 45th Anniversary

    Up to 100,000 anti-abortion activists plan to gather in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the 45th annual March for Life, where President Donald Trump is set to become the first sitting president to address the anti-abortion demonstration. March for Life marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade. Thousands of people are expected to rally…

  • PRESIDENT Nov 13, 2019

    Non-Binary Gender Designation Now Available in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts residents can now have a non-binary gender designation on state driver’s licenses. The state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles says it now recognizes three gender designations: “male,” “female,” and “non-binary.” The change took effect Tuesday.

  • New Hampshire Nov 12, 2019

    New Lane Closures Cause Inconvenience on Piscataqua River Bridge

    While maintenance continues on Maine’s Piscataqua River Bridge, the multi-year rehab has become more tangible for some drivers recently.
    In June, the Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation began a $53 million project that is the first of its kind performed on the bridge since it opened in 1972.

  • Connecticut Oct 10, 2019

    3 Dead, 3 Injured in North Stonington Wrong-Way Crash

    Three people, including an 85-year-old man, an 83-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl, were killed and three others were injured in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 in North Stonington Wednesday night.

  • mbta Sep 16, 2019

    Red Line Train Derailment Caused by Faulty Axle: Officials

    MBTA officials said Monday that a June derailment on the Red Line was caused by a fractured axle, three months after the incident caused major delays. Officials said poor electrical connectivity between a ground brush and ground ring caused stray electrical arcing on the surface of the axle. Over time, this weakened the axle and led to the failure.

  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Trump Challenges California's Power to Control Auto Pollution

    The Trump administration on Friday began an all-out challenge to California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution. The U.S. Justice Department opened an antitrust probe into the July deal between...

  • Massachusetts Aug 22, 2019

    Interim Director Announced for RMV Board in Records Scandal

    A key vacancy has been filled, on an interim basis, at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles after an official was fired in the wake of the deadly motorcycle crash that killed seven people in June. The state’s Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Paolo Franzese will move within the department to be interim director of the Merit Rating...

  • Massachusetts Aug 9, 2019

    Traffic Congestion in Massachusetts Reaches Tipping Point

    Traffic congestion in Massachusetts has reached a tipping point as the state’s existing transportation infrastructure bumps up against a surging economy. That’s according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Transportation. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker had directed the agency last August to study when, where and why traffic congestion occurs in Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts Aug 6, 2019

    Locals, Politicians React to Pole in Middle of New Somerville Bike Lane

    A new bike lane in Somerville, Massachusetts, has an odd, potentially dangerous impediment: a utility pole. The uproar over the pole’s location began on Sunday, when a local cyclist posted a picture of the pole on a Facebook page, according to a Boston Globe report. That sparked others to chime in with their thoughts.

  • Massachusetts Aug 3, 2019

    Exclusive: RMV Was Warned About ‘Dangerous' Backlog Before Fatal Crash That Sparked Records Scandal

    A Massachusetts psychologist tried to blow the whistle on lapses at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, but he says his warning was ignored. Dr. Stephen Boy wrote to the RMV in April 2019 to express concern that clients charged with drunk driving in New Hampshire did not receive license suspensions in Massachusetts, allowing them to remain on the road.

  • Massachusetts Jul 31, 2019

    Bill Improving Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Advances in Congress

    Legislation aimed at improving national pipeline safety following last September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has advanced in Congress. Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts says most of his Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act was incorporated into legislation reauthorizing the Department of Transportation’s pipeline safety program. That broader bill cleared a Senate committee Wednesday and heads to the full Senate...

  • Hawaii Jul 12, 2019

    Brush Fire on Hawaii Island of Maui Prompts Evacuation Order, Diverts Flights

    More than 600 people on the Hawaii island of Maui were in shelters after a large brush fire prompted thousands of evacuations and diverted some flights in the region, officials said Thursday. The blaze had reached an estimated 3,000 acres and was not contained as of Thursday night, NBC News reported, citing comments from a news conference held by the...

  • Twitter Jul 12, 2019

    Brush Fire on Hawaii Island of Maui Prompts Evacuation Order, Diverts Flights

    More than 600 people on the Hawaii island of Maui were in shelters after a large brush fire prompted thousands of evacuations and diverted some flights in the region, officials said Thursday. The blaze had reached an estimated 3,000 acres and was not contained as of Thursday night, NBC News reported, citing comments from a news conference held by the...

  • STATE POLICE Jun 3, 2019

    2 Dead in Fiery Crash Involving School Bus, Trucks on I-84 West in East Hartford

    Two people have died after a fiery crash involving a school bus and three trucks on Interstate 84 west in East Hartford on Monday morning, according to state police, and the resulting highway closure caused traffic problems through the evening rush hour.

  • STATE POLICE Jun 3, 2019

    2 Dead in Fiery Crash Involving School Bus, Trucks on I-84 West in East Hartford

    Two people have died after a fiery crash involving a school bus and three trucks on Interstate 84 west in East Hartford on Monday morning, according to state police, and the resulting highway closure caused traffic problems through the evening rush hour.

  • Massachusetts May 30, 2019

    Sagamore Bridge on Cape Cod Closed in Both Directions

    The Sagamore Bridge in Bourne, Massachusetts was closed in both directions thanks to car accident between two cars.

  • Rhode Island May 20, 2019

    Nearly All States Use Drones for Range of Work

    In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state, according to a survey obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release Monday. The report...

  • Governor Apr 26, 2019

    More Tolled Roads in Mass. Deserve Consideration: Lawmaker

    Expanding road tolls across Massachusetts and to the state’s borders could be a way to generate new revenue to address growing transportation woes, Senate President Karen Spilka said Thursday. In remarks at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday, Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, told business leaders that tolls similar to those along Interstate 90 deserve consideration for other places.

  • Massachusetts Apr 24, 2019

    Survey: Mass. Commuters Fed Up, Want Action Now on Transportation

    Massachusetts commuters are increasingly fed up with traffic congestion and transit delays, so much so that some are considering changing jobs or leaving the region altogether, according to the results of a survey released on Wednesday. The online survey of 1,200 registered voters, conducted statewide over a 10-day period last month by the MassINC polling group, also suggested that frustrated...

  • New Hampshire Apr 17, 2019

    NH Highway Expansion Project Brings Sound Wall Dispute

    In Dover, New Hampshire, one resident says he is tired of listening to his neighbors. Sam Bittner lives near Pomeroy Cove, about 40 yards from the Spaulding Turnpike, which is about to expand from four lanes to eight.

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