UMass Transportation Center - UMTC

UMass Transportation Center - UMTC The UMass Transportation Center is responsible for promoting transportation research, education, and The Center's operations are supported by University funds and through contracts with state and federal agencies as well as with industry partnerships.

Historically, the majority of the Center's activities have involved faculty and staff on the Amherst Campus, although more recently faculty and staff from other university and state college campuses have become involved. The current focus of the Center's research, education, and training efforts encompasses the following major programs: the UMTC/Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Cooperative Transportation Research Program; the Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC); Baystate Roads (Local Technical Assistance Program); the UMTC - Transportation Training Institute (UMTC-TTI); the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Program (MTAP); the UMass Traffic Research Safety Program (UMassSafe); and, the USDOT University Transportation Center Initiative.

Operating as usual

03/29/2021
Working with a Variety of Generations

We have a new episode of our Leadership Series! Check out “Working with a Variety of Generations” here.
Catch up on any you’ve missed here:
https://vimeo.com/showcase/8057346

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Federal Highway Administration
03/27/2021

Federal Highway Administration

There’s more to unmanned aerial systems—known as drones—than backyard fun. Find out about the surface transportation career options from drone piloting to design visualization in our video at https://bit.ly/36E24Ha. #Innovation

Registration for both attendees and exhibitors/sponsors for the MassDOT Transportation Innovation Conference is LIVE. Pl...
03/15/2021

Registration for both attendees and exhibitors/sponsors for the MassDOT Transportation Innovation Conference is LIVE. Please join us and fellow transportation professionals from around the country at the virtual conference on May 25-27, 2021!
Register Here: https://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=4575

Great opportunity to network with others in STEM, future leaders, and new people interested in seeing where STEM can bri...
02/23/2021

Great opportunity to network with others in STEM, future leaders, and new people interested in seeing where STEM can bring them in the future. Check out "Unleash Your Inner STEM" hosted by Pioneer Valley Women in STEM and Society of Women Engineers - SWE on Thursday as apart of National Engineers Week!

It's not too late to register for Unleash Your Inner STEM!, a FREE event featuring inspiring womxn in STEM sharing their stories about everything from transportation engineering to starting a podcast to NASA to squidmobiles...and beyond! Register at bit.ly/unleashstem

It’s National Engineers Week! We are celebrating our students, faculty and affiliate researchers. Thanks for all you do ...
02/22/2021

It’s National Engineers Week! We are celebrating our students, faculty and affiliate researchers. Thanks for all you do to make tomorrow a better place! #Engineers4Tomorrow #EWeek2021
Check out our awesome research projects and affiliate network here:
https://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/umtc/UMTC_Research.asp

Massachusetts State Police
02/18/2021

Massachusetts State Police

The Massachusetts RMV has issued the below release, which we are happy to share:


Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Encouraging Customers to Renew Expired Inspection Stickers

QUINCY – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is ramping up customer communication efforts to encourage anyone driving one of over 584,000 registered vehicles with an expired Massachusetts’ inspection sticker on their vehicle’s front windshield to make a plan to get their annual inspection and update their sticker as soon as possible. All vehicles registered in Massachusetts must pass a yearly vehicle emissions and safety inspection, also known as the Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program, which is essential to the safety of the Commonwealth’s environment and roadways.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, some extensions were granted to annual inspection stickers expiring between March and May of 2020, however those extensions have since expired and no further extensions are planned. There are 1,800 local inspection stations, many of whom are small businesses, across Massachusetts that are open for business and conducting inspections in accordance with state public health guidelines and safety protocols. Customers are encouraged to visit the Inspection Station Locator to find a location near them and plan their trip to update their sticker.

“Annual motor vehicle inspections are an integral part of helping ensure that vehicles travelling on roadways across the Commonwealth are deemed safe and not releasing dangerous emissions that can be harmful to individuals and the environment,” said Acting Secretary of Transportation and CEO Jamey Tesler. “We are thankful for all of the work and collaborative efforts that are currently underway with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts State Police, local law enforcement, and key businesses partners and stakeholders to remind customers with expired inspection stickers to have their vehicles inspected as soon as possible.”

“The RMV encourages any customer with an expired inspection sticker to make a plan to get their inspection and sticker updated,” said Acting Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie. “Resources are readily available to help customers locate a convenient inspection station and guide them through the inspection process, following all safety and social distancing protocols to keep customers and inspection station staff safe.”

The RMV is teaming up with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Massachusetts State Police (MSP), local law enforcement, and other business partners to remind customers of this time-sensitive requirement. While driving any motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker is a traffic violation that may result in a fine and impact individual insurance rates, the RMV is asking law enforcement to use their discretion at this time and help remind and not cite those with expired stickers it’s time to renew.

“The emissions and safety inspection ensures motor vehicles operating in Massachusetts are safe, properly maintained, and not emitting excess air pollutants in our communities, which will improve air quality for us all,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “MassDEP, along with our program partners, encourages Massachusetts residents to renew their stickers to ensure that their vehicle emission systems are inspected yearly.”

“The Massachusetts State Police and local law enforcement are aware of the difficulties of prompt vehicle inspection renewal caused by the pandemic and agree that a reminder may be an effective temporary alternative to a citation during this current period,” said Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Colonel Chris Mason.

“We encourage individuals to proactively check the current status of their motor vehicle inspection stickers, and not wait to schedule a safety inspection, if warranted,” said Chelsea Chief of Police and President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association Brian Kyes.

“You’re safe with us,” said New England Service Station and Automotive Repair Association President Edgard Fayad. “The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has been dynamic and intense for all of us in the past year. Our inspection stations have implemented thorough safety measures designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for both our staff and customers including clear signs to adhere to social distancing, increased cleanliness and hygiene practices, monitoring customer access to waiting areas, and masks required at all times. From the start of this pandemic, gas and service stations have been considered essential and we continue to be committed to helping the families and communities we serve stay safe.”

RMV records show that approximately 584,000 active vehicle registrations in Massachusetts currently have an expired inspection sticker. An email reminder will be sent to the 437,000 individuals with an address on file. Other communication efforts will include social media outreach, reminders to RMV business partners and law enforcement, and buck-slip reminders will be included in registration mailings to encourage customers to “Check Ya Stickah” and take appropriate steps as needed.

Editor’s Note: Inspection and expiration counts are fluid numbers that update constantly – approximations are based on data available as of last week. Media outlets interested in localized (based on vehicle’s garaging address) expiration numbers by City / Town are encouraged to inquire with the MassDOT Communications Team.

For the latest RMV updates and information, follow the RMV on Twitter @MassRMV.

For additional information on RMV service offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.mass.gov/rmv or https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information.

02/17/2021

Our Transportation Take-Away featuring Civil & Environmental Engineering UMass Amherst Graduate Researcher Francis Tainter touches on some of the Traffic Safety Impacts of COVID-19. Check it out!

*We have just added a second date! April 6!Don’t forget to sign up for Using MaPIT for Chapter 90 on March 4. It is fill...
02/09/2021

*We have just added a second date! April 6!

Don’t forget to sign up for Using MaPIT for Chapter 90 on March 4. It is filling up fast! Get ahead of the game and learn how to use MaPIT; it will soon be the primary method of submitting for Chapter 90 and physical forms will be phased out. Register: https://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/assnfe/ev.asp?MODE=&ID=4566

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
02/02/2021

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

A major winter storm will produce 7-15" of heavy, wet snow, with the Cape & Islands receiving lesser amounts. Heaviest snow is expected between noon & midnight, coinciding with the evening commute so please plan accordingly.

We're urging residents to stay off the roadways and avoid travel if possible during the storm this afternoon and evening. If you must go out, allow plenty of extra time and consider public transportation.

In addition, winds up to 60 mph are possible, strongest near the coast. A Coastal Flood Advisory is also in effect for possible minor coastal flooding during Mon night & Tue afternoon high tide along the Eastern MA coast as well as the Cape & Islands.

Wind gusts during the #MAsnow storm may cause downed trees and power lines and resulting power outages. Check generators, keep electronics charged, locate flashlights & radio & extra batteries. Power outage preparedness tips: http://bit.ly/2j5qs8X

Be a good neighbor and check-in with anyone who may need some extra support before, during, and after the storm. For more safety tips, see: http://www.mass.gov/snow

Baystate Roads
02/01/2021

Baystate Roads

“We are asking everyone to stay off the roads, avoid traveling if possible and to use public transportation if they have to go out” - Governor Baker.
Please if you need to go out tomorrow, do it early before the high winds and snow arrive. #DontCrowdThePlow #MAsnow #MAweather

Looking forward to seeing what former Secretary of Transportation and CEO of MassDOT Stephanie Pollack will do for trans...
01/21/2021
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People | US Department of Transportation

Looking forward to seeing what former Secretary of Transportation and CEO of MassDOT Stephanie Pollack will do for transportation on the national level as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Thank you for all your support and congrats on your new position Stephanie Pollack!

WASHINGTON – Today, the Biden Administration announced key members of its U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leadership, many of whom are already at work in the opening days of the new Administration. This diverse and experienced team will bring unique perspective and vast expertise to the ...

Mass Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announces Community One Stop for Growth Program! Ten programs will be administered throug...
01/21/2021
Community One Stop for Growth

Mass Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announces Community One Stop for Growth Program! Ten programs will be administered through the Community One Stop for Growth – one application door to access programs offered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Department of Housing and Community Development, and MassDevelopment.
Additional Information:
https://www.mass.gov/guides/community-one-stop-for-growth

The Community One Stop for Growth is a single application portal and collaborative review process of grant programs that make targeted investments based on a Development Continuum.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
01/20/2021

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the expansion of more vaccine locations in each region of the Commonwealth at pharmacies, health care providers and a second mass vaccination site to boost the capacity to administer vaccines per week by the thousands. The Commonwealth will continue to add more vaccination sites throughout Massachusetts.

🏪 MA will become one of the first states in the nation to launch the COVID-19 CDC Pharmacy Partnership. Starting this week, the program will deliver a total of 10,000 doses to at least 15 CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens pharmacies per week for eligible residents in the Phase 1 priority groups.

🏟 Fenway Park will become the state’s second mass vaccination site, joining Gillette Stadium. The ballpark will open on February 1st to start administering up to 500 vaccines per day to eligible residents in the Phase 1 priority groups.

🎓 UMass Amherst will expand their vaccination site to provide inoculations for eligible residents in Phase 1 priority groups.

🏥 Hospital Depot Initiative is launched - This new program will facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccine for independent physician practices prioritized under Phase 1.

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We are currently in Phase 1 of the MA COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline.

Current eligible groups under Phase 1 include: Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care; Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities; First responders (EMS, Fire, Police); and Congregate care settings (including corrections and shelters).
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For info on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts, including timelines for various vaccine distribution groups, see: www.mass.gov/covidvaccine
For details on this new announcement, see: https://bit.ly/3bOA1Iu

UMass Amherst
01/20/2021

UMass Amherst

Happening today at 5:30 p.m.: UMass Amherst will participate in the COVID-19 National Day of Remembrance by illuminating the W.E.B. DuBois Library and ringing the Old Chapel bells at the start and end of the hour. More info: https://bit.ly/35QjqjJ

Today, we remember & honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay
01/18/2021

Today, we remember & honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay

01/15/2021
blog.mass.gov

The Baker-Polito Administration announced $8.6 million for cities/towns/non-profits for the Community Transit Grant Program administered by MassDOT. Grant awards are to be used for transit operating costs, mobility management, or new capital investments.
https://blog.mass.gov/transportation/uncategorized/baker-polito-administration-announces-8-6-million-for-municipalities-councils-on-aging-other-eligible-entities-for-transit-operating-costs-capital-needs-transit-mobility/

We collaborated with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. for a  Roundabouts Planning and Design Series! This is a 14 part (2 ho...
01/13/2021

We collaborated with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. for a Roundabouts Planning and Design Series! This is a 14 part (2 hours each) series covering info in the new MassDOT Guidelines for the Planning and Design of #Roundabouts. The next session is January 25!
Register Here: https://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=4551

Westborough Fire Department
01/12/2021

Westborough Fire Department

Privileged to work with the Town of Westborough Public Health Department to support a first responder COVID 19 Vaccination Clinic for the communities of Southborough, Northborough, Hopkinton, Sherborn, Ashland, and Westborough. Approximately 200 personnel were provided Moderna Vaccine today and looking forward to doing it again tomorrow for another 200.

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Amherst, MA
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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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