What does the Governor's transportation plan mean for my region? Thanks to the plan's unprecedented focus on regional equity, it means a significant, guaranteed investment in rail, road and bridge, and regional transit in every region.
From the Berkshires and Western Massachusetts to the Cape & Islands, the plan ensures all regions paying into the system receive funding for services in proportion to their contribution. Three cents of the gas tax is devoted to rail projects south, west and north. Another 1.5 cents targets regional road, bridge, and public works projects. Another 1.5 cents provides a significant 66% increase in funding for Regional Transit Authorities.
We have added new regional links on the Reform & Renew web page showing benefits to Western Mass, South Coast, and South Shore- Cape & Islands.
Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update posted on Aug 21
MassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound. The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM …Continue Reading Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule