” A Conversation With Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Stephanie Pollack”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” takes a ride over the transportation landscape with Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Stephanie Pollack in the fifth forum of the 21st season of “OPEN HOUSE”. The forum will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd, from 7PM-8PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is a Cabinet-level Secretariat responsible for the construction and maintenance of all the state-owned roads and bridges in Massachusetts. It also oversees the public transportation entities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and commuter rail lines in the Commonwealth. The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), the licensing authority in the state, also falls under the jurisdiction of MassDOT. Lastly, the fourth component of MassDOT is the Aeronautics Division, charged with the oversight and administration of all aviation activity in Massachusetts.

Before her appointment, Stephanie Pollack worked on transportation policy, finance and equity as Associate Director for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University since 2005, where she also served as an adjunct professor. Ms. Pollock also has over a decade of strategic consulting on transportation issues to the public and private sectors including the Boston Transportation Department and Massachusetts Port Authority. She has been active in public policy issues affecting transportation nationally and locally, serving on numerous boards and advisory bodies including MassDOT’s Transportation Advisory Committee and chairing the Transportation Advisory Committee in her hometown of Newton.

How bad are the roads and bridges in Massachusetts? Didn’t the Transportation Reform Act address these problems? What do we need to do to fix the T? What’s the transportation master plan for the 21st century? Was the Big Dig worth the 15 billion dollar cost? How’s Logan Airport doing these days? What’s the future of Hanscom Field? Find out the answers to these questions, or bring your own. Don’t miss this forum February 2nd, from 7PM-8PM. As always; the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at jkaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.