Posted by Jeffrey Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer
Last week, I wrote that I would devote the next few weekly messages to a conversation about the Commonwealth’s transportation system. The key point from last week’s message is that transportation reform is here to stay, and that our focus on efficiencies, savings and continual improvement is how we must do things both now and in the future.
This week's point concerns a potential decrease in Federal funds available for transportation in the future. Most of you know that the reauthorization of Federal transportation funding has expired and that a debate on a new law is underway. You may also know that the Highway Trust Fund, which was designed to provide all of our Federal highway aid and much of our Federal transit funding, has not had enough money in it to support all of the Federal aid that has been authorized by law for several years. To make up the difference, Congress has authorized the use of general fund revenues. Based on the current debate, it now seems likely, but not certain, that this subsidy will end. Based on the best information available, if that happens, we are projecting that we would lose $135 million annually in Federal highway funds and $57 million in Federal transit funds.
We will continue to push for the best outcome possible, but also need to be realistic about the challenges faced by the Congress that we read and hear about every day. If we are not successful in maintaining funding, we will have fewer resources available and will fall further behind. Regardless of how it turns out, 2011 looks to be a watershed year for transportation policy and investment at the Federal level.
Somerville-Boston: I-93 South Resurfacing Begins July 7th posted on Jul 7
MassDOT crews on Tuesday evening, July 7th, will begin overnight pavement milling and resurfacing work on I-93 South between Exit 30 (Route 38) in Somerville and a point south of Exit 26 (Leverett Circle) just north of the Zakim Bridge in Boston. The work will …Continue Reading Somerville-Boston: I-93 South Resurfacing Begins July 7th
I-95 Add-A-Lane Project Update posted on Jul 6
MassDOT’s I-95/Route 128 Add-a-Lane Project final phase continues to move forward during the month of July. Throughout the week of July 6, MassDOT contractor Barletta Heavy Division will continue construction operations with work performed during both the standard working hours of 7:00AM to 3:00PM and …Continue Reading I-95 Add-A-Lane Project Update
MassDOT: Prioritizing Capital Projects Recommendations posted on Jul 2
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today announced the publication of new recommendations for the evaluation and prioritization of proposed capital projects. The recommendations have been submitted to MassDOT by an independent Project Selection Advisory Council, which has worked for 18 months to develop a …Continue Reading MassDOT: Prioritizing Capital Projects Recommendations