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MBTA & MassDOT Public Meeting: Fare Proposal for the Fiscal Year 2015:
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott and MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey are very pleased to announce that MBTA and MassDOT will host for the public meeting to deliver their proposal for the fiscal year 2015 budget regarding about the fare increases which it will remain in the effective on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 through Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
The MBTA and MassDOT proposes to increase fares by 5% on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, as part of the effort to balance the Authority's Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The fare increase is projected to raise MBTA fare revenue by approximately 4% ($20 to 24 million dollars in new fare revenue) and result in less than a 1% reduction in ridership (2.8 million to 3.8 million trips). The fare increase is consistent with the needs expressed in Governor Deval Patrick's Way Forward Plan issued in January 2013 and with the Transportation Finance legislation enacted in July 2013.
Please take an opportunity to check out with the latest information from the MBTA officials on the fare proposal available: CLICK HERE.
Here's the public meeting schedule:
April 16, 2014
6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.
Braintree Town Hall
1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree
|April 16, 2014||6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.||Shriners Auditorium||51 Blossom Street, Boston|
|April 22, 2014||6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.||State Transportation Building||10 Park Plaza, Boston|
|April 23, 2014||6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.||Lynn City Council Chambers||3 City Hall Square, Lynn|
|April 24, 2014||6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.||Roxbury Community College||1350 Tremont Street, Boston|
|April 28, 2014||6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.||Middlesex Community College||50 Kearney Square, Lowell|
|April 29, 2014||6:30 -- 8:30 p.m.||Newton City Hall||1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton|
|April 29, 2014||7:00 -- 9:00 p.m.||Framingham Town Hall||150 Concord Street, Framingham|
|April 30, 2014||6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.||Medford City Hall||85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford|
|April 30, 2014||7:00 -- 9:00 p.m.||Attleboro High School||100 Rathburn Willard Drive, Attleboro|
For more information, please call MBTA Customer Service at (617) 222-3200 or tweet @MBTA or @MassDOT with any questions or concerns about the fare proposal.
Watertown Police Department: Finish Strong 5K Road Race 2014:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Watertown Police Chief Edward P. Deveau and the Watertown Police Department will be hosting their 1st Annual Finish Strong 5K Road Race on Saturday, April 19, 2014 begins at 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. at Tufts Health Plan: 705 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA to opens for the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens, elected officials, first responders and the public are welcome to sign up and register for the 5K run & walk.
The Watertown Police Department Finish Strong 5K road race event is proud sponsored by: New England Sports Network, Claddagh Fund, Tufts Health Plan, Watertown Savings Bank, Xfinity and Greater Boston Running Company.
The Watertown Police Department and Watertown Police Supervisor's Association will commemorate the one year anniversary of the events that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects by inviting the community to fill the streets of Watertown in a celebratory 5K road race.
Proceeds to benefit with the Watertown Police Supervisor's Association, local charity & victim funds, One Fund Boston, Watertown Police Foundation -- the new foundation to support youth community programming and school safety initiative.
Registration Online: CLICK HERE
* Over 18 years older cost $25.00
* Age 7-17 years old cost $15.00
* Under 6 (not timed) -- free
* Volunteer -- free
For more information, please contact Mike Lawn can be reached at: July0315@verizon.net with any questions or concerns about the Watertown Police Department: Finish Strong 5K event.
Interfaith Social Services: 40th Annual South Shore Walk & 5K Run:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Rick Doane, Executive Director and the Interfaith Social Services will host their 40th Annual South Shore Walk & 5K Run on Saturday, April 26, 2014 begins at 9:30 a.m. at Kennedy Center: 440 East Squantum Street, Quincy, MA to opens for the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens, elected officials and the public are welcome to sign up and to register this worthy cause for the South Shore Walk & 5K Run event here in the City of Quincy.
After the walk and run, please join the Interfaith Social Services will host their Family & Fun Celebration festivities such as: food, kids games, music, balloon animals, face painting, bouncy house, raffles, fun photo booth and much more throughout the day at Kennedy Center here in the City of Quincy.
All pre-registered participants will receive a FREE t-shirt and bring all collected pledge money with you on the day of the walk/run event.
Walk participants must pre-register online: Click Here or you can register to contact directly to Paula Daniels at (617) 773-6203.
Anyone can participate for the South Shore Walk & 5K Run pledge and sponsor sheet available: Click Here.
Extra parking will be available in a reserved parking lot in Marina Bay. A shuttle bus will bring you to the Kennedy Center.
Weather Permitting: Rain or Shine.
For more information, please contact Paula Daniels can be reached at (617) 773-6203 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns about this event.
Ten Things To Know About Quincy Center Redevelopment Project Plan:
Updated on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Number #1: Street-Works is Out, Plans Move Forward:
Mayor Koch has formally terminated the City of Quincy's development agreement with Street-Works Development, the designated master developer for the 50-acre project area because it has not met required milestones as part of the master development agreement.
Termination of the agreement means that the City of Quincy can begin discussions with interested developers for private parcels in downtown originally under Street-Works control. The process for making available two major public properties -- the Hancock lot and the Ross Garage -- will be developed in the coming weeks.
Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company, a 150-year-old Quincy institution and a major investor in downtown redevelopment, is moving forward with the plan's first step. The development area is the block including the Granite Trust Bank Building and bordered by Chestnut Street, Cottage Avenue and Hancock Street. The area is sometimes referred to as Block 4 or Merchants Row.
The design work and legal framework for the first step is moving forward.
Number #2: It's Business:
Street-Works Invested millions of dollars into permitting, land control, design and infrastructure work to date, and their work has created a great foundation. They cannot meet the required benchmarks, and the City of Quincy is moving on. In a development of this scale and this complex, it is not unusual for developers to change, for plans to be altered, and for obstacles to arise. There isn't a project of this scale -- Assembly Square in Somerville, Westwood Station, the Seaport in Boston, North Station, etc. -- that has not dealt with similar growing pains.
Number #3: The Train Left The Station. It's Happening:
In just the few years, more than $30 million worth of infrastructure work -- all financed privately or through state and federal grants -- is either completed or underway. All of this work, including the new Walter Hannon Parkway and the relocation of the Town Brook culvert, were precursors to any kind of private development. Those projects are done, and the Adams Green project -- which will once and for all create the public space the resting place of the Adams Presidents and their First Ladies deserve -- is underway. All of this coupled with the major permitting and planning stages already completed has led to tremendous progress in just the few years. Quincy Center is wall on its way and a few new hurdles aren't going to stop it.
Number #4: The City of Quincy Is Protected:
The critical foundation of the development agreement (LDA) is to ensure that the City of Quincy and its taxpayers are protected. To that end, the agreement worked as designed. The City of Quincy has not spent, nor is it obligated to spend, a dime from its general fund on anything related to the development agreement. All of the infrastructure costs to date have been paid for either privately or by state and federal grants. The agreement required that the private developer pay all costs upfront, and it has a series of more than 40 legal benchmarks that must be met. The agreement is based on a "buy-back" program, in which the City of Quincy would purchase public improvements -- new roads, utilities, etc. -- using the new tax money generated by private investment and new buildings. For that to happen, all of the private financing must be in place and the new buildings must be producing tax revenue. Without that, the City of Quincy has no financial obligation under the agreement.
Street-Works has paid the City of Quincy more than $1.5 million to date for various milestones and requirements -- including paying for all of the City of Quincy's permitting consultants. Another several million dollars worth of infrastructure is complete for the first step of the project and paid for privately.
Number #5: Is There Any Other Financing Relative to Downtown?:
The City of Quincy allocated a total of $40 million for the initial stages of the Hannon Parkway, including the purchase of buildings and relocation of tenants, in 2006 and 2007. That account has also been used for planning and other downtown-related spending, and it is still available for the City of Quincy's use. It was approved under what is called the a District Improvement Financing bond -- meaning that revenue from new development in downtown will ultimately be used to pay it back. The development agreement had included a $30 million benefit from Street-Works to eliminate that debt, but the termination of the agreement ends this possibility.
Number #6: Wait, We Actually Moved A River?:
Yes, Any redevelopment of Quincy Center has for several decades faced what many thought to be an insurmountable challenge -- A culvert of the Town Brook meandering underneath much of the developable area in downtown. Its location largely eliminated the possibility of new construction in much of Quincy Center. Well, the City of Quincy together with Street-Works, worked through an elaborate permitting and construction process to move the culvert away from prime real estate. In the process, we created a new 200-foot open channel and two new pocket parks that will allow people for the first time in generations to see the Town brook flow through Quincy Center.
This engineering and environmental triumph, paid for by state grants, is expected to open to the public this spring. It is also eliminated the largest physical, financial and regulatory roadblock to development for the much of Quincy Center.
Number #7: LDA, URDP, ABCs, and 123s:
The LDA is the agreement that allows the City of Quincy to sell its two pieces of developable property -- the Hancock Parking Lot and the Ross Garage, in return for the master development rights. The Urban Redevelopment Plan is the broader plan that sets the guidelines for development in the area -- including the kind of development, density, design guidelines, and permitting requirements. That plan is the foundation of all of the work to date and is why we can continue to move forward. The LDA may change, but the URDP moves on.
Number #8: Seeing is Believing:
For those interested in a much more detailed look at what has happened to date, click here access to all of the formal documents related to downtown. For a quick list of the projects funded either privately or through state and federal grants, click here. For a list of the protections Mayor Koch, the City Council, and the legal team negotiated as part of the agreement and why we remain ahead in the game, click here. For the payments that Street-Works has made to the City of Quincy, click here.
Number #9: What About All That Other Stuff Going In Quincy Center?:
We're in a once-a-generation transformation of our downtown that includes the private redevelopment, but also includes much, much more. Just take a look at the corridor starting at Southern Artery and heading toward City Hall -- the new track facility, the new YMCA, the new Quincy High School, the new park in front of Quincy High School under construction, the historic restoration of the former Coddington School, the preservation of old City Hall. Quincy Center is a much different place than it was just five years ago, and it's going to be even more different in another five years, and five years after that.
Number #10: Everything's Going To Be All Right:
So yes, we've got some obstacles. But no one's about to pack it up and call it a day. The accomplishments to date, the work completed or underway, the protection the City of Quincy has, and the tremendous private interest in Quincy over the past several years have the City of Quincy well-positioned to overcome any hurdles. And in a way that continues to protect taxpayers. That a major private investment partner in Quincy Mutual is now expanding its role and committed to seeing the first step of development through is a major milestone that will lead to substantial progress in the coming months. Stay tuned!
MBTA: Extended Late Night Hours of Service on Friday and Saturday Nights:
Beginning Friday night March 28, 2014, the MBTA is extending the hours of service by 90 minutes for Rapid Transit and Key Bus Routes on Friday and Saturday nights. The last Red/Orange/Green/Blue Line trains depart downtown stations approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights, and approximately at 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Individual schedules for each station and route can vary; for example, the last Green Line and Red Line trains are scheduled to depart Park Street between 2:24 a.m. and 2:36 a.m. This extended service will provide a transit alternative for many patrons and employees of late-night businesses, including those in the restaurant, entertainment, and hospitality sectors.
What service will be operating until 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights?:
Rapid Transit -- the Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Mattapan and Sliver Lines (except SL2)--and the Key Bus Routes. The Key Routes are: 1, 15, 22, 23, 28, 32, 39, 57, 66, 71, 73, 77, 111, and 116/117. THE RIDE Paratransit service will also operate to areas within 3/4 mile of all late night services.
How were the services to have extended hours selected?:
Rapid Transit and Key Bus Routes serve over 70% of all trips made on the MBTA each day. The map of the Rapid Transit and Key Bus Route network is already posted on most MBTA vehicles and in most stations, so this helps customers understand and take advantage of the new service.
Will the extended service operate like other MBTA service?:
Service will operate as it does during the day, serving the same stations and stops as the normal routes.
Regular rapid transit and bus fares will be charged on late night services.
All new trips will be scheduled, and will appear on the MBTA website, on phone apps, on Google Transit, and anywhere else that such information is usually available. Real-time information for buses will also be available for the extended late night service. Real-time information for the Red, Blue, Orange Lines, including the countdown signs in stations, may not work after 2:00 a.m., due to current technical limitations.
How frequently will service operate?:
Extended late night service will operate approximately every 15-20 minutes in most cases. Some corridors served by multiple routes (such as SL4/SL5 and 116/117) will have combined service levels of every 15-20 minutes, or every 30-40 minutes on unique segments.
Are there other routes or schedules affected by this change?:
Bus trips that normally wait for "last trains", which are generally identified by "w" notes on schedules, will no longer wait on Fridays or Saturdays if they do not have extended late night service. The last trips on these bus routes will instead depart at their scheduled time on Fridays and Saturdays. This affects Routes: 9, 10, 11, 16, 24/27, 26, 31, 34, 35, 36, 43, 44, 47, 64, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 80, 83, 87, 88, 89, 93, 95, 96, 99, 106, 108, 109, 1110, 120, 134, 210, 216, 426, 442 and 713.
Message from: DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi: Quincy DPW FY 2013 Annual Report
It brings me great pleasure to invite you to review the Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report for the Department of Public Works. As you will see, the Department continues to make great progress in both the planning and execution of its mission. We continue to strengthen communication among our Divisions, the public and other City of Quincy departments which improve the delivery and service to you and results in a more accurate of accounting of our work. It is in this spirit of communication that you are invited to celebrate National Public Works Week with us at our Open House and Awards Luncheon at the DPW on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Please feel free to call my office any time at 617-376-1959 or check us out on the web at: CLICK HERE for the latest in Public Works events and services.
Please click here to view the Annual Report.
Quincy Police Department & Massachusetts Environmental Police Department: Free Boating Safety Course:
The Quincy Police Department and Massachusetts Environmental Police Department will be presenting three Basic Boating Safety Courses at no cost to the public. These courses are designed for persons 12 years old and up, regardless of boating skills.
Courses are nationally approved, and course completion will allow persons to legally operate a boat in states requiring Basic Boating Safety Courses. Everyone who completes the course will be issued a Basic Boating Safety Certificate. Completion of the course by persons between 12 to 16 years old of age will allow them to operate a motor boat without adult supervision. In addition, some insurance companies offer policy discounts for customers that complete a Basic Bating Safety Course.
Course Offerings for 2014 are:
March: Saturday: March 8, March 15 and March 22 from 1:00 -- 5:00 p.m.
March-April: Saturday: March 29, April 5 and April 12 from 1:00 -- 5:00 p.m.
May: Monday: May 5, 12 and 19 from 6:00 -- 10:00 p.m.
All of the above courses will be taught at the Hough's Neck Maritime Center located at 137 Bay View Avenue, Quincy, MA (next to the Quincy Yacht Club on Sea Street).
To register for a course or for more information, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police Department at (508) 564-4961 or Quincy Police Department at (617) 479-1212.
MBTA Service Advisory Alert for Green Line & Blue Line: Government Center Station:
Beginning on Saturday, March 22, 2014, Government Center Station will be closed for two years while it is completely reconstructed.
Customers transferring between the Green Line and the Blue Line are encouraged to sue the Orange Line, which connects to the Green Line at Haymarket Station and the Blue Line at State Station.
Customers entering or exiting at Government Center are encouraged to sue Bowdoin Station (which will be open normal operating hours) or State Station on the Blue Line, or Haymarket Station or Park Street Station on the Green Line. A shuttle bus, Bus Route #605, will also be available.
Quincy DPW: Spring Yardwaste Schedule 2014:
Monday, April 7, 2014 through Friday, April 11, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, April 14, 2014 through Friday, April 18, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 through Saturday, April 26, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, April 28, 2014 through Friday, May 2, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, May 5, 2014 through Saturday, May 10, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, May 12, 2014 through Friday, May 16, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Saturday, May 17, 2014: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day
Monday, May 19, 2014 through Saturday, May 24, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, June 2, 2014 through Friday, June 6, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, June 16, 2014 through Friday, June 20, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, June 30, 2014 through Thursday, July 3, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Saturday, July 5, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, July 14, 2014 through Friday, July 18, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, July 28, 2014 through Friday, August 1, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, August 11, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, August 25, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, September 8, 2014 through Friday, September 12, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Monday, September 22, 2014 through Friday, September 26, 2014: Yardwaste Collection Week
Quincy DPW: Street Sweeping Spring Schedule 2014:
Zone #1: Ward 1 and Ward 2:
Monday, March 31, 2014 through Friday, April 4, 2014
Zone #2: Ward 3 and Ward 4:
Monday, April 7, 2014 through Friday, April 11, 2014
Zone #3: Ward 5 and Ward 6:
Monday, April 14, 2014 through Friday, April 18, 2014
Last Day of School Calendar 2013-2014:
Name of College:
Last Day of College:
Eastern Nazarene College
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Quincy Public Schools:
Last Day of School:
North Quincy High School
Monday, May 26, 2014
Quincy High School
North Quincy High School
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Quincy High School
Elementary & Middle Schools
Monday, June 23, 2014 *
* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Mid-Term Election 2014 Calendar:
Courtesy of: Quincy's Election Headquarters
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Class of 2014 Graduation Date:
Name of College:
Date of Graduation Ceremony:
|Eastern Nazarene College||Saturday, May 3, 2014|
|Quincy College||Saturday, May 31, 2014|
Quincy Public Schools:
Date of Graduation Ceremony:
|Quincy High School||Monday, June 2, 2014 @ 6pm @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium|
|North Quincy High School||Tuesday, June 3, 2014 @ 6pm @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium|
School Closing Information:
Please do not call Quincy Public Schools or Transportation Office for your child's school district such as private schools and public schools due to the weather permitting here in the City of Quincy or outside of the City of Quincy as well.
We are extremely encouraging to all of the residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens of Quincy should be able to watch or listen their school cancellation to find out if your school is closed, delay or canceled from the local television stations and radio stations in your community areas.
If you're college student, please watch local news station or listen local radio stations to find out if your college or university is closed, delay or cancellation in your communities.
|WBZ (CBS) Channel 4 & WSBK (MY) Channel 38||WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM|
|WCVB (ABC) Channel 5||WRKO 680 AM|
|WHDH (NBC) Channel 7 & WLVI (CW) Channel 56||WATDS 95.9 FM (South Shore)|
|WFXT (FOX) Channel 25||WTKK 96.9 FM|
Comcast Provider: Quincy Access Television Channel 8 or Quincy Education Access Television Channel 22
Follow City of Quincy: or Quincy Public Schools: on the Twitter page for more information about your child's school districts are canceled, closed or delay and Quincy Recreation Department programs canceled for any weather permitting here in the City of Quincy.
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