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McGonagle, House pass $10.9B transportation and infrastructure bill

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On June 23, 2022, Representative Joe McGonagle and his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a transportation and infrastructure bill authorizing $10.9 billion for projects, including $400 million for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to address ongoing safety concerns identified by the Federal Transit Administration’s Safety Management Inspection and $250 million for the East-West passenger rail project. McGonagle secured $3 million for the stormwater connector pipe near Airforce Road in Everett. “An Act relative to Massachusetts’s transportation resources and climate” (H.4897) passed the House of Representatives 155-0. H.4897 now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

“Transportation will always remain a big priority in my book and after serving on the transportation committee, I’ve seen how complicated these issues can be,” said McGonagle. “There are so many different facets of transportation and nothing is a quick fix but I am grateful to Speaker Mariano and Chair Straus for also prioritizing these needs. We were able to secure money to help repair a storm water connector pipe and repair/repave the areas near Air Force Road. This will alleviate major flooding and make a safer more efficient intersection. Additionally, thanks to my colleague Rep. Dan Ryan of Charlestown, we were also able to get money to help ongoing projects in fixing the Island End Culvert and the Amelia Earhart Dam, which has been an ongoing project in conjunction with the Mystic River Watershed Association. I’m grateful for this money and hope to see the improvements.”

“Ensuring that the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure is adequately funded is a top priority for the House, which is why I’m proud of the legislation passed today,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “In addition to significant funding for roadway and bridge projects, this bill also recognizes the importance of providing further support for the MBTA in their ongoing effort to address safety concerns, and for the ever-important East-West Rail project. I want to thank Chairs Michlewitz, Straus, and Gregoire, as well as all my colleagues in the House, for the hard work required to get this done.”

Other highlights of the bill:

  • $2,812,457,157 for projects on the interstate and non-interstate federal highway system
  • $1,270,000,000 for non-federally aided roadway and bridge projects and for the nonparticipating portion of federally aided projects
  • $85,000,000 for pavement and surface conditions on non-federally aided roadways
  • $25,000,000 for pavement and surface conditions on municipal roadways
  • $20,000,000 for grants to municipalities under the Complete Streets Funding Program
  • $25,000,000 for grants to Transportation Management Associations
  • $82,000,000 for rail improvements
  • $64,900,000 for projects of regional transit networks and facilities
  • $1,375,000,000 for sustainable transit system modernization and rail improvements
  • $114,100,000 for the Airport Improvement Program
  • $145,000,000 for multimodal transportation planning and programming
  • $10,000,000 for a public realm improvement program
  • $3,500,000,000 for projects funded with discretionary federal grant funds
  • $25,501,000 for the Mobility Assistance Program
  • $200,000,000 for projects that reduce emissions, such as public alternative fueling stations and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, programs promoting e-bikes and public transportation, replacement of high-emissions vehicles, electric vehicles for hire and carsharing, electric school buses, electric short-haul freight, and delivery trucks

Additionally, the bill:

  • Updates safety requirements to be met prior to excavation projects
  • Authorizes vehicles or trailers used for maintenance or construction activities in highway work zones to display flashing blue lights with a permit from the registrar
  • Requires the MBTA to provide parking alternatives to commuters when it demolishes or reconstructs parking lots or garages it owns or operates
  • Requires the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in consultation with the Comptroller, to develop and operate a publicly accessible and searchable database to report on this bill’s expenditures and any project receiving federal funding from the federal Infrastructure and Investment in Jobs Act of 2021
  • Establishes a commission to review and receive testimony concerning public entities, including those that may be created by statute in the future, with the ability to design, permit, construct, operate and maintain passenger rail service that meets the standards of the Final Alternatives in the East-West Passenger Rail Study Final Report issued by MassDOT in 2021
Joseph McGonagle
State Representative

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