Legislation makes investments in roads, bridges, public transportation, and regional transit authorities
(BOSTON – 7/27/2023) The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday passed a bill that includes $375 million in bond authorizations for transportation needs across the state, including $200 million for the state’s Chapter 90 program, which provides municipalities with a reliable funding source for transportation-related improvements, including road and bridge repairs.
“This bill continues the state’s commitment to investing in a functional and sustainable network of transportation infrastructure,” said Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “It authorizes bonding for transportation improvements statewide, including grants to municipalities for electric vehicle infrastructure and funds to enhance access to mass transit and commuter rail stations, strengthening our public transportation system, which is in particular need of support in the Greater Boston area.”
This legislation also authorizes $175 million in programs that will support various transportation-related projects. This includes $25 million for each of the following:
- the municipal small bridge program;
- the complete streets program;
- a bus transit infrastructure program;
- grants to increase access to mass transit and commuter rail stations;
- grants for municipalities and regional transit authorities to purchase electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them;
- funding for pavement and surface improvements on state and municipal roadways; and
- new funding dedicated to additional transportation support based on road mileage, which is particularly helpful for rural communities.
The bill having passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives, it will now be sent to the Governor for her consideration.