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Legislature Passes Bill Authorizing Chapter 90 Funding

The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday passed a bill that includes $375 million in bond authorizations for transportation needs across the state, including $200 million for the state’s Chapter 90 program, which provides municipalities with a reliable funding source for transportation-related improvements, including road and bridge repairs.

This legislation also authorizes $175 million in programs that will support various transportation-related projects. This includes $25 million for each of the following:

· the municipal small bridge program;

· the complete streets program;

· a bus transit infrastructure program;

· grants to increase access to mass transit and commuter rail stations;

· grants for municipalities and regional transit authorities to purchase electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them;

· funding for pavement and surface improvements on state and municipal roadways; and

· new funding dedicated to additional transportation support based on road mileage, which is particularly helpful for rural communities.



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