The Massachusetts Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the new electric vehicle charging station at the Framingham Service Plaza along I-90 westbound (the Massachusetts Turnpike) is now activated and operational.
In addition to the charging station in Framingham, MassDOT is in the process of installing five other electric vehicle charging stations at locations along I-90 in order to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel, increase range confidence, and support electric vehicle adoption throughout the Commonwealth.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to take steps to reduce vehicle emissions and strengthen our transportation system in ways to provide more sustainable options for the public,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These electric vehicle charging stations will allow people to recharge their electric vehicles when they are making trips on I-90, enjoy the amenities of our service plazas, and better reach their destinations using environmentally-friendly modes of travel.”
Charging stations are now operational at Framingham, Natick and two Lee Service Plazas, with stations at the two Charlton Service Plazas expected to be activated this fall. There is no fee to use a charging station.
These charging stations support electric vehicle travel along I-90, which is one of several major Massachusetts highways designated by the federal government as part of a national network of EV charging corridors.
MassDOT and the MBTA are continuing to take steps to address climate resiliency and climate adaptation after Governor Baker’s signing of Executive Order 569 last year. The Order, which builds on the administration’s nation-leading efforts to reduce emissions, lays out a comprehensive approach to further mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth.
MassDOT is currently undertaking several climate focused initiatives including conducting a Statewide Vulnerability Assessment, a Coastal Transportation Vulnerability Assessment, and developing comprehensive plans for bicycle as well as pedestrian transportation. MassDOT is also continuing to install solar energy infrastructure at its Research and Materials Lab in Hopkinton and throughout its transportation systems and will be constructing its new Highway District 3 Office in Worcester as a Zero Net Energy facility.
The MBTA is carrying out projects such as the Fenway Portal Project to reduce flooding in the area of the Fenway Station and the project to improve the seawall near the Charlestown Bus Maintenance Facility to minimize flooding. The MBTA is also working to install new solar arrays and is constructing a wind turbine in Bridgewater to further climate sustainability.