Showcase Your Company or Organization at the 2015 Moving Together Conference

Moving Together is MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference

November 4, 2015, 7:45am-4:00pm, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

When you sponsor or exhibit at the 2015 Moving Together Conference, your company or organization will have the opportunity to:

  • Be visited by over 600 professionals involved in planning, design, construction, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement and education.
  • Meet with the key decision makers and advocates involved in pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation.
  • Take advantage of several opportunities to promote your company or organization through special sponsorship opportunities.

Join us in the newly redesigned Boston Park plaza Hotel. Exhibitor and booth locations will be located throughout the mezzanine and ballroom areas to maximize your opportunity to be seen and visited by over 600 attendees!!

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For more information on being a Sponsor or Exhibitor see our Exhibitor Package.

This year’s 2015 Moving Together Conference will feature Mega Sessions on MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program and the MBTA’s 25-Year Capital Plan, along with Informative and Innovative Breakout Sessions and Site Visits!

Check out the latest agenda at www.MovingTogetherMA.org.

Comments from past Moving Together Conferences…

“I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. In particular, I think it’s great that MassDOT provides an opportunity where people from government, private and non-profit sectors can mingle. There should be more events like this.”

“Informal discussion and interaction with pedestrian, bike, transit, health and safety experts at all levels – from tiny community groups to high level officials – in a physical setting that is comfortable and beautiful.”

“It was great to see that innovative projects are happening around the state, and to learn what the challenges and opportunities are for promoting mode shift across the state.”

 MT14 is a MassDOT GreenDOT event. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability policy that promotes the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.

Don’t Miss This Year’s Moving Together Conference!

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Don’t Miss MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference
November 4, 2015, 7:45am-4:00pm, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Featured mega sessions:
  • Interactive Training for MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program
  • Public Meeting on the Program for Mass Transportation – the MBTA’s 25-year Capital Plan
Featured topics:
  • Vision Zero
  • Transportation and Economic Development
  • Hackathon Results Using Transit and Bicycle Sharing Data
  • Innovations in Improving Walking and Bicycling
  • Surviving the Winter of 2015
  • Findings from MassDOT’s Project Selection Advisory Council
  • Bicycling, Walking and Transit Rankings
  • Understanding Funding Sources
Site Visits:
  • ADA Walking Tour
  • Hubway Ride to Complete Streets Site
  • Infra Space Project I-93 underpass near Albany Street
  • Tour of New MBTA Yawkey Station
And much more to be announced!

Check out the latest agenda at www.MovingTogetherMA.org.

Comments from past Moving Together Conferences…
“I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. In particular, I think it’s great that MassDOT provides an opportunity where people from government, private and non-profit sectors can mingle. There should be more events like this.”

“Informal discussion and interaction with pedestrian, bike, transit, health and safety experts at all levels – from tiny community groups to high level officials – in a physical setting that is comfortable and beautiful.”

“It was great to see that innovative projects are happening around the state, and to learn what the challenges and opportunities are for promoting mode shift across the state.”

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MT15 is a MassDOT GreenDOT event. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability policy that promotes the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.

Welcome Mike Smith, Technical Training Specialist!

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Help us welcome Mike Smith to the Baystate Roads Program. Mike is our new Technical Training Specialist. That means he is available to come to your town to provide specific training classes in areas such as:

  • Chainsaw safety & operation
  • Spreader calibration
  • Hoisting CUEs
  • Gravel roads
  • Grader operation
  • Heavy equipment operation & safety
  • Work zone safety
  • Paving operations

and much more!

For those of you who don’t already know Mike, he is a certified instructor for Class 2, and Class 4 Hoisting. He is the owner of Chainsaw Strategies and a 25 year veteran firefighter. Mike has over 20 years experience as a private contractor and municipal highway superintendent. Most importantly he is a Baystate Roads Master Roads Scholar. His teaching style includes a healthy dose of humor and student interaction.

If your department is in need of specialized training or if you have questions, contact Mike today!

Mike Smith

Technical Training Specialist

Baystate Roads

mdsmith@umass.edu

413-834-3975

Succeeding as a Foreman Series Presents: Communicating with Customers in Difficult Situations

 

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Interacting with residents, vendors and other outside customers can sometimes be challenging and time-consuming. How do you deal with difficult situations—and people—while giving excellent customer service? This workshop offers tips and techniques to help you deal successfully with tricky issues that occur frequently.

The program is open to all foremen or supervisors who are responsible for the day-to-day management of field operations for their towns. Whether you are a veteran foreman or someone who hopes to achieve that position in the future, you will benefit from this program.

The speaker for this series will be Rockie Blunt Ed.D. Rockie Blunt is president of Blunt Consulting Group, a West Boylston-based firm that offers management and organizational communications training and consulting services to companies and organizations throughout New England. He has worked extensively with municipal and state agencies, and has built a reputation as a lively speaker who delivers informative seminars.

Dates and Locations:

August 4, 2015

Crowne Plaza, 15 Middlesex Canal Park Rd., Woburn, MA 01801

August 5, 2015

Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA  02780

August 12, 2015

Marlborough Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752

August 19, 2015

Hotel Northampton, 36 King St., Northampton, MA 01060

August 20, 2015

Cranwell Resort, 55 Lee Rd.,  Lenox, MA 01240

(Meadowview Meeting Room located across the street)

For more information and to register visit the Baystate Roads Program Workshops Page.

Study Tour of Model Pedestrian & Bicycle Infrastructure

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What does good pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure look like? What is considered state-of-the-art in pedestrian and bicycle facility construction? How do communities get this infrastructure built? How can we evaluate success?

Municipalities throughout Massachusetts are exploring ways to provide for walkers and cyclists and are establishing new facilities for these active modes that improve safety and attract new users.

This one-day tour will present participants with training in the following areas:

  • Review of basic pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to establish a common vocabulary
  • On-site examination of pedestrian and bicycle facilities that encourage safe walking and bicycling while benefiting all users of the same street corridor.
  • Summary of pedestrian/bicycle improvement implementation process for each facility, including average improvement costs for pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Identification of successful designs and discussion of reasons for their success

The study tour will showcase examples of both bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure at each of stop along the tour. MassBike and WalkBoston, along with the project designer or city staff project manager responsible for the infrastructure improvement, will describe the ped/bike improvement and take questions.

The tour will include bus transportation, a light breakfast and lunch.

The tour size is limited to 20 individuals per tour*

*Public Employees Only

Please be aware that this tour will involve walking outdoors and at distances up to a mile at a time.

Tour Dates:

June 4, 2015 and June 8, 2015

Tours will begin and end at Assembly Square in Somerville.

For more information and to register for this tour, please visit the Baystate Roads Program’s Workshops Page or call 413-577-2762.

OSHA 10 HOUR Construction Training

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The OSHA Outreach Ten Hour Construction Training Program provides training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. Classes also provide overview information regarding OSHA, including workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

All OSHA 10 Hour Construction Training is intended to cover an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards.

The trainer for the workshop is Steven St. Laurent. Steve specializes in training that doesn’t bore you to death in English and Spanish!

Steve is a Mechanical Engineer who worked in the field as an Energy Engineer for 3 international companies on design-build projects before becoming a Safety Trainer/Consultant. That work experience brought him to Mexico for 1 year, Sicily for 3 weeks, and Albuquerque for 7 months. He spent the rest of his time as a Field Engineer working in New England on projects such as power plant and other energy system upgrades at navy bases, college campuses, hospitals and other industrial facilities.

Steve currently lives in central Massachusetts with his beautiful bride and their 3 children.  He considers it an honor and a privilege to facilitate safety training as it is his passion.

Please note that this is a 2 day workshop.

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June 23 & 24, 2015 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott, 75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

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June 25 & 26, 2015 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

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July 22 & 23, 2015 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Crowne Plaza,15 Middlesex Canal Park Dr., Woburn MA 01801

For more information and to register for the workshop visit our Workshops page!

Road Diets (Roadway Configurations). An Every Day Counts Live Webinar Event

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Join the Federal Highway Administration, the Baystate Roads Program and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for a presentation on Road Diets (Roadway Configurations) via a live webinar on April 9, 2015.

Local subject matter experts will include Lou Rabito, MassDOT and Tom Janikula, Area Engineer, District 4, FHWA MA Division.

Four-lane undivided highways experience relatively high crash frequencies–especially between high-speed through traffic, left-turning vehicles and other road users.  One option for addressing this safety concern is a Road Diet, which typically involves converting an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center two-way left-turn lane.  This reconfiguration has many benefits:

Safety. Road Diets can make the roadway environment safer for all users. Studies indicate a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a Road Diet is installed.  For pedestrians, Road Diets result in fewer lanes to cross and provide an opportunity to install refuge islands.

Low Cost. Road Diets make efficient use of limited roadway area.  When planned in conjunction with reconstruction or simple overlay projects, the safety and operational benefits of Road Diets are achieved essentially for the cost of restriping pavement lanes.

Quality of Life. Road Diets can make shared spaces more livable and contribute to a community-focused, “Complete Streets” environment. On-street parking and bike lanes can also bring increased foot traffic to business districts.

As part of the safety focus area of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting Road Diets.  This EDC Exchange will highlight how local agencies are using this low cost safety countermeasure to improve safety, operations, and livability in their communities.  This Exchange will be of interest to Safety Engineers, Transportation Planners, Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators, Safe Routes to School Coordinators, Local Public Agency Coordinators, and Transportation Alternatives Program Managers.

Come join us for lunch and discussion on April 9 beginning at Noon followed by the Webinar from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the CMRPC Training Room, Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA 01604.

This event is offered free of charge. This live webinar cannot be viewed by individuals from their own computers.

For more information and to register for the event please visit mass.gov/baystateroads.