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.
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel
Freight Rail Grants Announced posted on Apr 14
The Patrick Administration today announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The IRAP funding for the seven projects is being matched by more than $1.9 million in private sector …Continue Reading Freight Rail Grants Announced
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacement Public Hearings posted on Apr 14
MassDOT will host Design Public Hearings in Fall River and New Bedford on the 25% design of four bridge replacements along the future South Coast Rail route. The bridge replacements will provide fast and tangible benefits to help expanding freight service and will also be …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacement Public Hearings