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Department of Transportation, Massachusetts

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The Department of Transportation is an agency in Massachusetts.

The purpose of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system that strengths the state's economy and quality of life. The DOT is comprised of four divisions: Highway, Transit, Aeronautics, and Registry of Motor Vehicles, and also includes the Office of Planning and Programming. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is part of MassDOT but retains a separate legal existence. The DOT is governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor.[1]

Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Commonwealth Transportation Fund (CTF) Revenues:[2]

Source Allocations Percent of Total
Motor Fuels Tax $662.1 45%
Sales Tax $301.6 21%
RMV Fees $500.2 34%
Other $3.6 0%
Total $1.46 billion

Fiscal Year 2011 Commonwealth Transportation Fund (CTF) Spending (in millions):

Source Allocations Percent of Total
Commonwealth Debt Service $932.70 65%
MBTA Operations $160.0 11%
RTA Operations $15.0 1%
MassDOT Debt Service $125.0 9%
MassDOT Operations $195.1 14%
Total $1.42 billion

MassDOT also received $437.9 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds, to be spent over a two year period on road and bridge projects, and $319 million to spend on urban and regional transit projects.[3]

Programs

MassDOT runs the state's Adopt-A-Highway program, which uses volunteer teams to clean up litter from 2-mile stretches of Massachusetts roadways.[4]

The department also runs the MassRIDES program, a travel options program intended to help commuters and reduce traffic and pollution by providing information about carpooling, bicycling, walking, public transportation, teleworking, and vanpooling[5]

MassDOT also includes the GreenDOT program, which promotes the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting healthy transportation options such as walking, bicycling, and public transit, and supporting smart growth development.[6]

Transparency

MassDOT has a twitter account that posts current news and traffic updates.

Board of Directors' meeting information is provided.[1] Contact information for the executive staff does not appear to be available, but general contact information for MassDOT divisions is provided.[7]

Contracting opportunities and open bids are posted.[8][9]

Current projects are listed, with public involvement information, bidding opportunities, and schedules. Cost and full contract documents do not appear to be listed for every project[10]

Financial statements for the department are posted.[11]

Public hearings are announced on the website.[12]

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