Daily News Briefs, October 20, 2020

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MasssDOT Begins The Switch To Mileage-Based Exit Numbering

WCVB reports, on Sunday night, work crews began to install new exit number signs on Route 140 south of Boston, the first step in MassDOT’s project to convert its entire highway exit numbering system. The article notes, “The exit numbers are being changed . . . to comply with federal highway mandates. . . . Massachusetts [was] one of three states that have not yet begun any sort of conversion to the mileage-based system. Delaware and New Hampshire are the other two states. Construction is anticipated to end in the summer of 2021, MassDOT said.”

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Massachusetts Turnpike US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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UCLA Paper Puts LA's Traffic Congestion Battle In Historical Perspective

Streetsblog California commends a new UCLA study, “A Century of Fighting Traffic Congestion in Los Angeles: 1920-2020,” for giving readers a “well-written and enlightening” perspective on the long, unresolved debate over how LA should manage its traffic congestion. “One of the most surprising — or maybe depressing — lessons to be gleaned, ” says this review of the paper, is that “many of the proposed congestion solutions have not changed for a hundred years. Today’s technology, while it has advanced leaps and bounds past what was available fifty years ago, echoes early tech.”

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USDOT's First Secretary Dies At Age 98

The New York Times reports on the passing of Alan S. Boyd, whom President Lyndon Johnson named to lead the new US Department of Transportation 1966. Boyd dedicated his entire career in both the public and private sectors to transportation, once serving as general counsel for the Florida State Turnpike Authority. As USDOT secretary, The Times states, “Mr. Boyd won relatively high marks for a two-year effort to merge dozens of transportation-related federal agencies into a cabinet-level department with 95,000 employees and a more than $5 billion budget.”

Eno Center for Transportation also remembers Boyd’s life and career.

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