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.
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
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