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.
MBTA: Strategic Plan Adopted posted on Apr 24
The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today approved an MBTA Strategic Plan, a document that fulfills the FMCB requirement in its enabling legislation that required development of such a plan. This plan serves as a blueprint for institutionalizing the objectives and strategies needed …Continue Reading MBTA: Strategic Plan Adopted
Sumner Tunnel Toll Demolition Moving Forward posted on Apr 24
MassDOT is moving forward with toll demolition and road reconstruction operations at the existing toll plaza at the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel in East Boston. Work-related logistical activities at the Sumner Tunnel began last week including marking utilities and installing temporary signage and the …Continue Reading Sumner Tunnel Toll Demolition Moving Forward
MassDOT Announces Purchase of New Remote-Operated Rail Ballast Cars posted on Apr 20
MassDOT today announced the purchase of 20 steel ballast cars – hopper cars with gates used to dispense ballast onto train tracks – that will be used by MassDOT for projects which maintain and repair crucial rail infrastructure. “MassDOT is pleased to now have its …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Purchase of New Remote-Operated Rail Ballast Cars