The following is a press release from Senator Ed Markey & Sen. Elizbaeth Warren’s offices.
Washington, DC – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives James P. McGovern, Michael Capuano, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded over $21 million in federal transportation grants to the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) was awarded $20 million to install Positive Train Control (PTC) technology across all Commuter Rail lines, while the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) received $1.75 million for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses to be used on Martha’s Vineyard.
“This federal funding to improve and modernize our transportation infrastructure is wonderful news for the Commonwealth,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren.”These significant investments will make our commuter rail trains safer and our buses on Martha’s Vineyard cleaner and more sustainable. I’m glad to work with the other members of the congressional delegation to help secure these critical infrastructure grants for Massachusetts.”
“With this federal investment, commuting in the Commonwealth will be safer and cleaner than ever before,” said Senator Edward J. Markey. “Positive Train Control technologies hold the promise of drastically reducing the risks of derailing, helping MBTA fulfill its core mission – safety. Further, utilizing cleaner, more sustainable buses will help Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard meet our climate change goals. I’m proud of this investment, and look forward to continuing to fight for policies and funding that address Massachusetts’s transportation needs.”
“Every day, thousands of commuters across Massachusetts rely on the Commuter Rail,” said Congressman McGovern. “It’s absolutely critical for our state’s economic development that we continue to modernize and improve public transportation options for commuters – and that’s exactly what these grants from the Department of Transportation will do. I’m proud of the work that our Congressional Delegation has done to secure this important investment in our future.”
“Anyone who steps foot on the MBTA rail system should feel safe and secure along their ride,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “With this federal funding, our Commonwealth can utilize Positive Train Control technology that will protect riders and our communities.”
“Positive Train Control technology is an important tool to ensure passenger safety and prevent avoidable accidents,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark. “I am grateful that we were able to secure this grant and I will continue to fight for resources to improve and expand our public transportation systems.”
More information about the MBTA’s Commuter Rail PTC project is available here.
More information about the DOT’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program is available here.