The bill authorizes a total investment of $1.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2013, including $885 million in state funds that leverage federal funds for state road, bridge, rail and regional transit projects, continuing funding for the final year of the five-year 2008 Transportation Bond Bill.
“Our transportation infrastructure had suffered from years of neglect, so this Administration started rebuilding roads, rails and bridges in every corner of our state and creating thousands of jobs,” said Governor Patrick. “This is how we are strengthening our state’s economy and quality of life for the long term.”
In addition to the five-year Transportation Bond Bill, the Patrick-Murray Administration has made significant additional investments through the 2008 Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP), the largest statewide infrastructure investment program ever. ABP has already reduced the number of structurally-deficient bridges by nearly 20 percent.
Governor Patrick last month also signed the Chapter 90 funding bill to provide cities and towns with $200 million in state funds for local road and bridge projects for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2012.
The Transportation bill also includes Greenway Conservancy Board changes. The Board is now subject to the state opening meetings law and is reconstituted with 21 members, including members chosen from nominees selected by the board from a list of names provided by the Governor, area Senator and Representative, Mayor of Boston, Secretaries of Transportation and Energy and Environmental Affairs, and local neighborhood associations.
South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation posted on Jan 31
The South Station Expansion project is about improving transportation service through more train tracks and redesigned platforms; upgraded switches, signals, and other infrastructure; and new passenger amenities. The proposed expansion will protect and prepare the station for future demand as other efforts have done over …Continue Reading South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation
New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set posted on Jan 29
MassDOT is conducting a study of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Corridor, a bridge that spans New Bedford Harbor. The swing bridge connecting the communities of New Bedford and Fairhaven is functionally obsolete, constrains marine traffic, and its opening results in extensive vehicle delays. This study …Continue Reading New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set
Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open posted on Jan 28
The statewide travel ban has been lifted as of midnight. Motorists, especially those in the City of Boston and Eastern counties, are asked to use caution as MassDOT crews continue to plow and clear state roadways and ramps. Parking bans are still in effect in …Continue Reading Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open