T&DI Boston Chapter/Transportation

VOLUME 47 | ISSUE 1| September 2022

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Upcoming Events

Civil Engineering Trivia

Sponsored by T&DI Boston Chapter and the Younger Member Group

Thursday, September 29, 2022

FHWA-NHI 130055 Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges

Sponsored by the Program Committee

October 17 - 28, 2022

Protecting Buried Pipelines and Sewers During Construction

Sponsored by UESI Boston Chapter

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

18th Arthur Casagrande Memorial Lecture

Green Infrastructure for Urban Stormwater Adaptation

Sponsored by the Geo-Institute Boston Chapter

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Save the Date

Thursday, November 3, 2022

32nd Annual Francis M. Keville Scholarship Dinner

Sponsored by the Construction Institute Boston Chapter

Keynote Speaker: Massachusetts State Senator Brendan P. Crighton

Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation

Keynote Speaker Introduction: Jamey Tesler

MassDOT Secretary and CEO

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President's Report

By Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP, Principal Engineer, Arcadia Technology, Inc. and BSCES President

Throughout its history, members of our organization have worked to improve the daily lives of people in our community by helping to provide clean water, sanitation, safe bridges, buildings, roads and more. From the Quabbin Reservoir to the Zakim Bridge the impact of our members can be seen across the Commonwealth. ... Read more

Featured Group: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward with T&DI

By Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE, Arup, and T&DI Boston Chapter Chair

As we move into the 2022-2023 year, the Boston Chapter of the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI Boston Chapter) is looking forward to re-engaging with our members. Like with everything else, the last two years saw a disruption and shift from our normal programming.  ... Read more

Reimagining Columbus Avenue - First

Center-Running Bus Lane in New England

By Ziomara Ayala-Mendoza, Marketing Proposal Leader, Howard Stein Hudson and Mark Gravallese, Manager, Public Infrastructure, Howard Stein Hudson

Columbus Avenue in Boston was originally laid out in the 1830’s parallel to the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks and has a history of transit along the corridor. In its earliest days, the roadway was shared by cars and trolley traffic. As congestion increased, street level trolley transit was replaced by the development of the underground subway system and bus routes. Fast forward to current times, and Boston was again facing significant congestion with cars and buses sharing limited space on Columbus Avenue. ... Read more

Catching the Bus to an Electric Future

By Geoff Gunn, PE, Associate Principal, Arup and Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE, Senior Civil Engineer, Arup

In 2018, Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) put in place ambitious plans to transition their fleet of 50 diesel-powered buses to an electric bus system. The VTA wanted to introduce a more reliable and environmentally responsible public transportation network that connects six towns on the island ... Read more

Complete Streets Elements for Springfield Street/Memorial Avenue (Route 147) in Agawam and West Springfield

By Ashley Bomely, PE, Project Engineer, Alfred Benesch & Company

The design of Springfield Street/Memorial Avenue (Route 147), which began as a bridge replacement, morphed unexpectedly into a complete streets project which pushed the limits of what was included in similar projects at the time. The project has gone on to transform the area by providing continuous facilities for pedestrians, a two-way bicycle facility and alleviating vehicular queues all while acting as a catalyst for additional projects to further expand the facility networks. ... Read more

Cochituate Rail Trail

By Christine King, Director of Business Development, BETA Group, Inc.

The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) project is a regional multi-use path that links the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Downtown Natick, with a planned future connection to the Natick Center Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail Station.  ... Read more

A Novice's Take on Commuting to Work by Bicycle

By Alfredo Vargas, PE, ENV SP, Design Manager, City of Newton Engineering Division

I started riding my bike to work this summer and quickly realized that the reason that more people aren’t riding their bikes to work is that it isn’t safe. I had three main reasons to do it. ... Read more

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2022 - 2023 Society Sponsors

BSCES Newsletter Editorial Board

Chair: Michael T. Sullivan, PE

Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP

Michael R. Cunningham, PE

Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE

Christopher P. Hersey, LEED AP

Anuja Kamat, PhD

Richard F. Keenan

Angus J. O’Leary, PE

Kathryn Swanson, PE

2022 - 2023 BSCES Board of Government

President: Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP

President-Elect: Michael R. Cunningham, PE

Secretary: Anuja Kamat, PhD

Treasurer: Gregory L. Mirliss, STS

Assistant Treasurer: Vacant

Senior Vice Presidents: Christopher P. Hersey, LEED AP, Kathryn Swanson, PE

Vice Presidents: Richard A. Matson, PE, Antonios Vytiniotis, PhD

Past President: Shallan C. Fitzgerald, PE

Western MA Branch Vice President: Vacant

Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute Boston Chapter: Matthew J. Page, PE

Construction Institute Boston Chapter: Ryan Marshall, PE, SE

Engineering Management Group: Edwin M. Mena, PE

Environmental & Water Resources Institute Boston Chapter: Rishabh V. Iyer, PE

Geo-Institute Boston Chapter: Todd D. Dwyer, PE

Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter: Irena A. Svetieva, PE

Transportation & Development Institute Boston Chapter: Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE

Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute Boston Chapter: Peter D. Nardini, PE

Younger Member Group: John T. Brooks, PE

2022–2023 BSCES Program Sponsors

Alfred Benesch & Company | BETA Group, Inc. | BSC Group | CDM Smith

Collins Engineers, Inc. | Dewberry | Green International Affiliates, Inc.

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. | Haley & Aldrich, Inc. | HNTB | Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Howard Stein Hudson | Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. | Kleinfelder | Nitsch Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University | Patrick Engineering, Inc. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. | Skanska USA Civil | Tighe & Bond | TranSystems |TREVIICOS

Tufts University - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering | VHB | WSP

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