The Governor's transportation reform plan devotes an unprecedented portion of new gas tax revenues for transportation needs in regions outside metro Boston, including 3 cents for regional rail projects, 1.5 cents for regional road and bridge projects, and 1.5 cents to increase funding for regional transit authorities. Check the Reform & Renew web page for details.
That has raised the question: Where does the current gas tax revenue go?
In 2008, the Patrick administration with legislative approval completed the first significant reform of the gas tax in over two decades and simplified the allocation of the current 21-cent gas tax:
• 20.96¢ (99.85%) is credited to the Highway Fund for transportation-related purposes, including the special obligation (gas tax) bonds. 0.04¢ (.15%) is credited to the Inland Fish and Game Fund.
The Fund pays all transportation-related expenses, including debt service on bonds issued for transportation purposes. The fund finances highway maintenance and safety services and the state's share of federally sponsored highway projects as required. Check here to read the Governor's Transportation Fund for the current fiscal year.
Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22
MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project. Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops. The bridge closure is …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure
MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22
The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86 …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service
Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!