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This is Bay State Bike Week.  It is an annual collaborative effort involving bicycling enthusiasts, transportation officials, civic organizations, and businesses to encourage people to commute by bike or take short trips in their communities.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Lauren LeClaire, communications director for the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, or MassBike, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling.

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Six members of the Massachusetts transportation board have agreed to resign at the request of Governor Charlie Baker.

A spokesman for the governor says the chairman of the seven-member MassDOT board, John Jenkins, has submitted his resignation. Baker's request came last week after a special advisory panel created by the governor recommended creating a new financial control board to oversee the MBTA.

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The group working to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic games to Boston unveiled details of the proposal today.

       Most of the venues for the proposed Boston Olympics would be grouped into two clusters, one on the South Boston waterfront and the other along the Charles River on the campuses of Harvard, MIT, and Boston University.  Twenty-eight of the 33 venues would be within a radius of about 6 miles. Twenty-six of the venues are no more than a ten-minute walk from a public transit stop.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has filled one of the key remaining positions in his cabinet with the appointment of Stephanie Pollack as Secretary of Transportation.  Pollack spent the last nine years as associate director of research at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Kristina Egan, director of the advocacy group Transportation for Massachusetts about the Pollack appointment and her organization’s new report on the state’s transportation priorities.

Top transportation and public safety officials in Massachusetts say the state is ready for the first big snow storm of the season, which is timed to hit on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Frank DePaola is urging people with travel plans for Thanksgiving to bring patience along. He advised people to leave for their holiday destinations early in the morning, or after 8 p.m. to avoid rush hour commuters.  He said highway crews are ready for the predicted Wednesday snowstorm.

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Massachusetts' Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, who oversees the state's highways and public transit as well as other agencies, is stepping down after three years on the job.

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Congress last week, before going on a five-week recess, approved a short-term bill to pay for highway and transit projects.  The temporary funding means the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will seek bids later this month for the rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaduct, or elevated highway, which runs through downtown Springfield.  The project is expected to cost $260 million and take three construction seasons to complete.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill got an update on the project today from MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePoala

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An attorney and veteran of several municipal boards and commissions has been tapped to head the parking authority in Springfield, Massachusetts. The appointment comes as the city is on the verge of a parking space crunch. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Friday the selection of Mary McNally as the new executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority.  He called her “eminently qualified” and said the appointment is part of a new direction at the authority.

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BOSTON (AP) — An ambitious five-year plan to upgrade the Massachusetts’ infrastructure includes billions of dollars for new MBTA trains, road and bridge repairs, and all-electronic tolling.

The $12.4 billion capital investment plan released by Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Friday is a blueprint only and there's no guarantee that all of the projects will go forward.

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A new state program has been successful in reducing the backlog of urgently needed repairs to Massachusetts bridges.  Innovative construction methods have reduced the amount of time it once took to make repairs.

   The Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton is one of the current projects in the  state’s 5-year- old $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program.   MassDOT  Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said the program prioritizes repairing structurally deficient bridges. 

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