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MDOT, MBTA solicit public comments on capital plans


During December, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will seek public opinions on their five-year plans for transportation projects.

Each year, the MBTA develops a five–year Capital Investment Program (CIP), which stipulates investments in infrastructure and new vehicles that are necessary to maintain and modernize the transit system, MBTA officials said in a prepared statement.

The agency will seek public comments on a draft of the CIP for fiscal years 2013 through 2017 during public workshops or a public hearing on Dec. 14. A copy of the draft is available on the MBTA website. The public comment period will run from Dec. 5 through Jan. 10, 2012.

The workshops and public hearing are the initial step in an extensive public review process for the CIP, which will be finalized in spring 2012, following approval by the MBTA’s Advisory Board and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board, MBTA officials said.

Meanwhile, MDOT is seeking public comments on a draft version of its 2012-2016 transportation program, department officials said in a prepared statement. The draft includes a list of projects planned for the next five years in each of MDOT’s seven regions.

The plan is available for review on MDOT’s website. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 29. The plan will be considered a draft document until it receives final approval by the State Transportation Commission in January, MDOT officials said.

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