MassDOT Announces the Draft Capital Investment Plan Public Comment Period

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) public comment period has begun for the Draft Fiscal Year 2023-2027 Capital Investment Plan (CIP). 
 
The comment period will be held during the three-week window between May 18 and June 8. 
 
The CIP guides how the Commonwealth prioritizes and funds local and statewide transportation projects, and determines funding for infrastructure including railroad, transit, accessibility upgrades, roadway and bridge improvements, municipal projects, and for the needs of Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs).
 
The public can access a digital PDF copy of the Draft Fiscal Year 2023-2027 CIP document and appendices, in addition to the online CIP story map on the website: http://www.mass.gov/cip.
 
Input from the public is used to inform project design and investment decisions. Public comments allow MassDOT officials to understand the level of community support for proposed projects.
 
There are several ways to provide feedback on the plan, which will be available at http://www.mass.gov/cip.
 
  1. Send an email with your comments to: MASSCIP@state.ma.us
  2. Explore projects and provide comments online using the CIP comment tool: http://www.mass.gov/CIP
  3. Send a letter addressed to: MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning, attn. Director of Capital Planning, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4150, Boston MA, 02116
  4. Join a Virtual Public Meeting – see dates below and register at http://www.mass.gov/CIP. While each meeting presentation will primarily highlight investments in that region, the public is welcome to comment on any aspect of the Draft CIP.
  • Western Massachusetts: Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m.
  • Northern Middlesex and Merrimack Valley: Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 p.m.
  • Central Massachusetts: Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m.
  • Boston: Tuesday, May 31, 6:00 p.m.
  • Southeastern Massachusetts: Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m.
  • Cape Cod and the Islands: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.
 
Meanwhile, community members are reminded of the recent MassDOT announcement in regard to the launch of a new website and StoryMap for the Massachusetts 2050 Transportation Plan, titled Beyond Mobility, available at the following link: https://www.mass.gov/beyond-mobility. This planning process will produce a blueprint for guiding transportation decision-making and investments in Massachusetts to advance MassDOT’s goals and maximizes the equity and resiliency of the transportation system. Beyond Mobility will build upon previous plans and strategies throughout the Commonwealth and will directly reflect the needs, preferences, and values of Massachusetts residents. Input and decisions made for the Beyond Mobility plan will help decide, in part, the direction and priorities of future CIPs.
 
The Beyond Mobility project team is conducting public engagement that includes focus groups with traditionally underrepresented communities, community activations that meet people where they are across Massachusetts, web-based surveys and mapping exercises, and other participatory outreach activities. An online survey is available and will remain open until Friday, July 8, on the Beyond Mobility website. Respondents can provide input regarding their transportation challenges, priorities for the future of transportation in Massachusetts, and location-specific transportation needs, among other feedback. Every member of the public in Massachusetts is encouraged to participate. The results of this public survey will inform Beyond Mobility’s site-specific needs assessment, contribute to the development of a vision statement for the future of transportation in Massachusetts, and allow MassDOT to accurately document the transportation needs and priorities of all users of the transportation system in Massachusetts.
 
For questions related to Beyond Mobility, send an email to: BeyondMobility@dot.state.ma.us.

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Goodwill Makes Promotions

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont announced the promotions of Karen Harrington to director of retail operations, northern territory, and Mary Killeen to the position of director of finance.
 
Harrington is the manager of Goodwill's retail store in Bennington, Vermont, a position she has held since 2015. She oversees operations at Goodwill's store in North Adams and Rutland and is a member of the team working on the July reopening of Goodwill's flagship store in Pittsfield. Prior to joining Goodwill, she was employed at the Bennington Museum for 22 years, including 16 years as administrative assistant to the executive director, followed by six years as manager of the museum's gift shop.
 
Harrington attended Southern Vermont College and is a Bennington native. She resides there with her husband Tim, 13 chickens, two ducks and a Labrador retriever. She has two grown children, three grown stepchildren, and ten grandchildren.
 
Killeen, a Pittsfield native and resident, joined Goodwill in 2020 as its senior accountant. With a B.S. in business administration from Stonehill College and many years of accounting experience, she brings expertise in accounting principles and best practices to Goodwill's administrative team. In her new role as director of finance, Killeen will oversee all the day-to-day financial aspects of Goodwill's operations, as well as short- and long-term planning for the nonprofit organization.
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