In full transparency, the following press release came from the Massachusetts Senate President’s office.
BOSTON _ The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, June 9, passed a bill that would approve the authorization of $350 million towards transportation needs in the Commonwealth, including $200 million for Chapter 90 funds, which provides cities and towns with a funding source for investments in local transportation-related projects, including road and bridge repairs.
“Transportation infrastructure is a public good, and an example of an important and successful partnership between multiple levels of government,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “By incorporating decisions made by both state-level and local leaders, Chapter 90 funding ensures that many voices are heard and that new transportation projects function well at all scales of distance. I thank Chairs Crighton and Rodrigues for their work to ensure that transportation projects throughout the Commonwealth are fully funded and done so in a fiscally responsible way.”
“Chapter 90 funding is one of the most important resources we have to directly invest in our cities and towns, ensuring critical funds to improve the quality of our roads, increase access to public transit and enhance pedestrian safety,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I applaud Senate President Spilka and Senator Crighton for their leadership, and my colleagues for passing this bill today that infuses $350 million in funding to meet the local transportation needs of our communities and our Commonwealth.”
“The Commonwealth’s overall transportation system relies on the health of our roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure,” said Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation. “The bill we passed today represents a $350 million investment that will help cities and towns make the improvements they need so that residents can travel safely and efficiently.”
This legislation also authorizes $150 million in grant-based programs that will assist municipalities with various transportation-related projects. This includes $30 million for the municipal small bridge repair program, $30 million for the Complete Streets grant program, $25 million for bus-related projects, $25 million for increased access to mass transit and commuter rail stations, and $40 million for pavement and surface area improvements to non-federally aided roadways.
Having previously been passed in the House of Representatives, the bill will be sent to the Governor after enacting votes in each chamber.