The Governor released his transportation plan today. He held the release in a large hall at UMass Boston and it was packed. The level of interest reflects a recognition of the significance of the plan. Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey gave an excellent presentation of the plan and the Governor followed with a strong speech […]
The good news is that the state’s leaders agree that, in the coming legislative term, we need to address our deficit in transportation infrastructure investment. The challenge is that there is no consensus about the scope of the fix.
The MassDOT has been holding a series of public meetings throughout the Commonwealth entitled Your Vision, Our Future: A Transportation Conversation. These meetings provide an opportunity for the public to receive information and provide input on the development by MassDOT of a long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system. The meeting closest to residents […]
On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to provide funding to continue current transportation-related projects through Fiscal Year 2013. The Chapter 90 funds appropriated by this bill for local projects, including roadway and bridge repairs, will support the infrastructure of the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. This appropriation of $200 million (equivalent to last year’s appropriation) represents […]
MassDOT is looking for input on transportation investment priorities.
Yesterday, I sat in on a meeting where the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization struggled to define the long-term parameters of a financially realistic Transportation Improvement Plan. Locally, the tight planning environment will likely mean further delay in the Belmont-Trapelo Corridor project (my primary concern in the meeting) and perhaps other projects.