Senator Friedman has sponsored the following bills relative to transportation in the 2019-2020 legislative session:

S286 An Act relative to transportation reimbursement for recovery high schools

  • Summary: This bill would treat recovery high schools’ transportation costs like those for other regional schools – making them eligible for state reimbursement.

S1664 An Act relative to the continuation of the tax on transportation network companies

  • Summary: This bill would eliminate the 2027 sunset provision in Chapter 187 of the Acts of 2016 (An Act regulating transportation network companies). It would also make permanent the Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund and the per-ride assessment charged to transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, which is credited to the fund. These funds would continue to be collected and distributed to address the municipal and state impacts of transportation network services.

S2082 An Act to ensure greater transparency and accountability in the Commonwealth commuter rail system

  • Summary: This bill would require the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to provide written notice to the clerks of the House and Senate no less than 30 days prior to the remittance or forgiveness of any fines or penalties levied against any current or future commuter rail service provider.

S2083 An Act establishing transit improvement districts

  • Summary: This bill would allow a municipality or group of municipalities to form a Transit Improvement District (TID) for the purpose of creating a transit improvement program within the TID and levy fees to support the program. In addition, it would establish requirements the municipality or municipalities must follow prior to creating a TID, including public meeting and vote ratification requirements, as well as the process for making any changes subsequent to the establishment of a TID.