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.