(updated as of October 16, 2019)
ACEC/MA President Dennis Baker testifies in support of Bond Bill before Joint Committee on Transportation on 10/8/2019
|Joint Committee on Transportation holds October 8 hearing to consider the transportation bond bill.||
The Joint Committee on Transportation heard a wide range of oral testimony starting with the Governor, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, and including ACEC/MA President-Elect Dennis Baker. The Governor stated that, “we have enviable problems: our economy is growing, our population is growing, and the economic activity that dominates our commonwealth is constrained by the limits of our current system” in calling for the bond bill’s approval.
In the Governor’s bill, the funding is sourced from the Transportation Climate Initiative, a multi-state collaboration to impose a cap on motor fuel emissions that is still being developed into final form. Under the legislation, 50% of the revenue generated from the initiative would go toward transportation needs. Taking this proposal further, Transportation House Chairman William Straus (D-Mattapoisett) believes it should be 100%.
|Joint Committee on Transportation to hold hearing on October 8, 2019||
Hearing will be held at 10 AM in Hearing Room B-1 in the State House. ACEC/MA plans to testify at this hearing.
|Transportation Bond Bill Referred to Joint Committee on Transportation. Bill is now H4002||On July 30, 2019, the House, followed by the Senate, assigned this bill to the Joint Committee on Transportation, which may hold a hearing on this bill in September. The transportation bond bill will be first heard by the Joint Committee on Transportation, followed by a hearing before the House Bonding Committee, before going to the House Ways and Means Committee and then to the full House for a vote. Following the House vote, the bill would then be reviewed and acted on in the Senate. ACEC/MA will be urging the legislature to take speedy action on this bill.|
Governor Files Transportation Bond Bill on July 25, 2019
On July 25, 2019, the Baker-Polito Administration filed a transportation bond bill seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in building and modernizing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and cities and towns statewide. The authorization would be used to fund existing programs as well as several new initiatives designed to lessen impacts from roadway congestion and ensure reliable travel throughout the Commonwealth.
Titled An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment, the proposal includes a series of initiatives from the administration to combat congestion on the Commonwealth’s roadways including establishing a tax credit to encourage telecommuting and remote working, expanding the use of designated bus lanes and transit signal priority, as well as creating a program designed to reduce bottlenecks on local roadways.
It includes nearly $5.7 billion to continue modernizing the MBTA, $150 million to improve the pavement condition on state roads, $20 million to ensure municipalities have resources needed to continue efforts to build ‘Complete Streets’ infrastructure to encourage the public to travel more on foot and by bicycle and $70 million for the Municipal Small Bridge Program.
Links to documents provided on July 25, 2019 for An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment
Summary- Section by Section
Baker-Polito Administration Press ReleGovernor Baker unveiled an $18 billion bond bill for transportation improvements. The proposal would distribute funding on varying time frames authorized over the next 10 years, including $2.7 billion for the MBTA, $100 million for locally owned roads in poor condition, $1.25 billion for a “next-generation” fund for bridge maintenance, and a $50 million municipal grant program for congestion improvements such as bus lane installation and traffic signal modernization. The Governor’s proposal also authorizes changes to the procurement process at the MBTA, allowing it to more rapidly advance projects, and it calls for the creation of a new tax credit, capped at $50 million per year, to incentivize employers to let workers telecommute.ase
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