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February 7, 2024

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $50 Million Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced an investment of $50 million in initiatives to build out electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across Massachusetts. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will increase access to charging infrastructure for more residents, electrify the state fleet, improve operation of public charging stations, manage the impact of charging infrastructure on the electric grid, and provide charging solutions for difficult to electrify vehicle types.  

“State and rideshare vehicles contribute a disproportionate amount of transportation emissions, so by investing in the electrification of these vehicles, we can have a much more cost-effective impact on emissions,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Our administration is committed to leading by example in addressing climate change, and we are pleased that these funds will also allow Massachusetts to more quickly electrify its fleet.” 

“Many Massachusetts drivers want to make the switch to electric vehicles, but worry about access to charging,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “This investment will break down barriers to widespread electric vehicle adoption and help Massachusetts meet its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets.” 

The $50 million in ARPA funds will support innovative EV technology programs at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), charging infrastructure investments for the state fleet through Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), testing equipment and staff at the Division of Standards (DOS) to conduct inspections of public charging stations, and future analysis of EV charging needs by the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Coordinating Council (EVICC).    

“Vehicle emissions not only contribute significantly to climate change, but also impact public health, especially in environmental justice communities,” said **Secretary for Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper. **“With this funding, the Healey-Driscoll Administration is creating more equitable access to clean transportation and ensuring drivers in all communities across Massachusetts have the option to choose an electric vehicle.” 

“This funding will help make a bigger impact in the lives of our residents across the state as it relates to the future of transportation,” said **Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt. **“Taking the steps to increase measures like fast-charging stations and decarbonization will position us to offer better choices to residents that will be good for the environment and for us as we all work to respond to climate change.” 

“Decarbonization and addressing climate change are core priorities of DCAMM’s operations,” said DCAMM Commissioner Adam Baacke. “We are excited to be a part of this important investment in EV charging infrastructure.”   

“This significant investment from the Healey-Driscoll Administration will help make the transition to electric vehicles a more accessible and affordable opportunity for the Commonwealth’s residents and business owners,” said MassCEC CEO Dr. Emily Reichert. “These ARPA funds will directly impact our work to increase curbside charging stations, expand mobile charging for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, speed up the electrification of taxi and rideshare fleets, and advance emerging technology that allows EV owners to use their car to power other sources." 

The following initiatives will receive funding: 

**Electric Vehicle Curbside Parking for Residents in Multi-Unit Dwellings - $12.5 million **

MassCEC will work to help municipalities expand access to EV charging for residents with limited access to home charging, particularly in environmental justice and urban communities. Pole-mounted and streetlight chargers represent a promising strategy to use existing assets to expand access to curbside charging, but this potential is limited by barriers such as regulatory hurdles, complex ownership structures and unclear business and financial models. 

The project aims to increase the number of overnight curbside charging stations, including accessible pole-mounted and streetlamp EV charging solutions. A technical consultant will deploy on-street charging near multi-unit dwelling neighborhoods and provide guidance to municipalities for future implementation. 

**Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electrification Mobile Charging Solutions - $9.5 million **

Medium and Heavy-Duty (MDHD) vehicles make up 3% of Massachusetts vehicles, yet produce 20% of on-road vehicle emissions, making their electrification critical to reaching the state’s climate goals and to improve air quality in environmental justice communities, especially those near warehouses and ports. One major challenge to achieving electrification in this sector is project delays due to limits in grid infrastructure. Mobile charging represents a promising technology that could help fleet operators avoid delays and resist the urge to overbuild through temporary mobile charging solutions. MassCEC will complete a market characterization study paired with deployment projects to demonstrate mobile charging financial models and use cases.  

**Ride-For-Hire Vehicle Electrification Charging Solutions - $8 million **

Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers drive a lot of miles, spend a lot of money on gasoline, and need a lot of charging. MassCEC will deploy EV charging to support the electrification of taxi and transportation network company (TNC) fleets. Electrification of this sector can help support the deployment of electric vehicles in urban areas and environmental justice communities. For example, studies in California show that while TNC drivers make up less than 3% of electric vehicle (EV) drivers, they account for over 40% of all public fast charger use. This project will fund level 2 and fast charging infrastructure projects with a focus on deploying charging resources in environmental justice communities, where a high percentage of TNC drivers reside.  

**Vehicle-To-Everything (V2X) Analysis and Demonstration Projects - $8 million **

The widespread deployment of bidirectional technology would allow EV owners to use their car battery as a resource to reduce home energy costs or sell electricity onto the grid. V2X systems both charge and discharge an EV’s battery, enabling EVs to act as a grid resource by sending energy stored in the onboard battery to the local utility grid or to a grid-connected asset such as a building. This would have the potential transform our relationship with the grid, providing EV drivers with a mobile source of storage and opening up potential revenue streams to support EV adoption for low-income drivers. MassCEC will complete a market characterization analysis and demonstration projects that support vehicle-to-grid and/or vehicle-to-building projects designed to reduce peak demand and provide grid services.  

**EV Charging at Priority State Facilities - $9.5 million **

DCAMM will seek to install fleet EV charging infrastructure in 60 or more high priority sites at state facilities. Each site would receive an average of 4 EV ports and 4 make-ready spots, making it easy to double the number of charging stations in the future. 

**EV Charging for Other State Vehicles - $1.5 million **

DOER will provide funding to other agencies to install fleet EV charging infrastructure at approximately 60 sites, focusing on those not on the high priority list, non-executive branch fleets, and leased facilities. 

**EV Charging Testing Equipment – $604,000 **

DOS will purchase EV charging infrastructure testing equipment and hire staff to conduct inspections of public charging stations to ensure that they remain in working order and adhere to a common set of standards. 

**EV Charging Needs Analysis - $396,000 **

This funding will support the analytical needs of the EVICC through the end of 2026 to help it continue to assess the current state of EV charging infrastructure and future needs of Massachusetts as it promotes the electrification of the transportation sector. 

**Background on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Coordinating Council **

The EVICC was authorized by “An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind” in 2022. The Climate Law requires that the EVICC assess and report on strategies and plans necessary to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure to establish an equitable, interconnected, accessible and reliable electric vehicle charging network. Since convening in May, the EVICC has held 10 public meetings on state EV infrastructure strategy. 

In August 2023, the EVICC submitted an Initial Assessment to the Legislature which found that approximately 10,000 publicly accessible fast charging ports will be necessary to support the light-duty vehicle fleet by 2030, in addition to 35,000 publicly accessible Level 2 stations and more than 700,000 residential and workplace charging stations. 

Earlier this year, the Administration expanded the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles Program (MOR-EV Program), which provides rebates for the purchase or lease of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles (EVs). In addition to the existing $3,500 rebates for EVs, the new MOR-EV program includes the rebates at the point-of-sale with participating dealers, a $3,500 rebate for used EVs for income-qualifying residents, a $1,500 rebate adder for income-qualifying residents called MOR-EV+ that is in addition to the standard rebate for new or used electric vehicles; and increased rebates for certain light-duty pickup trucks. 

“These initiatives tackle huge issues, like the convenience of charging for condo and apartment dwellers, the greening of Uber and Lyft, the task of keeping chargers in good working order, and the electrification of heavy-duty trucks. Ambitious stuff,” said **State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. **

"Investing in EV infrastructure could not be more critical at this juncture to address the range and charging anxiety that makes drivers hesitate when deciding whether to purchase an electric vehicle," said State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. "I thank the Administration for building on the Legislature's work in creating the charging infrastructure fund by developing targeted investments in curbside charging, fleet charging, medium- and heavy-duty mobile charging, and other innovation solutions to help Massachusetts drivers get into EVs."

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January 19, 2024

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Governor Healey and LG Driscoll Announce Municipal Relief Package to Help Local Government Deliver Critical Services and Improve Operations

Today, at the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)’s Annual Meeting, Governor Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll announced that they will be filing a significant package of municipal reforms to help cities and towns generate the resources they need to maintain and deliver vital services, streamline operations and attract talented workers to local government. 

The Municipal Empowerment Act will expand on tools available to municipal leaders to generate revenue by allowing them to increase local option taxes on meals and lodging. The bill would also create a new local Motor Vehicle Excise surcharge option – a provision that could benefit every city and town in the state. The bill would also make permanent a number of popular COVID-era allowances for hybrid public meetings, outdoor dining permits and to-go cocktail sales. 

“Massachusetts is home to 351 cities and towns that are the bedrock of our state. From day one, our administration has been committed to giving them the support and resources they need to build strong communities and grow their economies,” said Governor Healey. “The Municipal Empowerment Act proposes multiple reforms that municipal leaders have asked for to improve the services they can provide to their communities and make operations more efficient. We are also proud to be increasing funding for roads, bridges, schools, and municipal services to improve quality of life in all of our communities.” 

“I’ve spent the past year traveling the state and meeting with municipal leaders to hear directly from them about how the state can best support their needs. What we heard loud and clear was a desire for partnership to improve municipal finances and operations,” said** Lieutenant Governor Driscoll**. “The Municipal Empowerment Act is a direct result of these conversations. This package reduces red tape that municipal leaders far too often encounter and gives them more options to utilize tools that will make their communities stronger.” 

The bill is a product of the municipal listening tour led last year by Lieutenant Governor Driscoll and other members of the administration. They heard from over 130 managers and administrators from 112 different municipalities and solicited input from professional associations representing local leaders and employees – receiving feedback from more than 20 such groups. What emerged from these sessions were concrete suggestions for how the state can better partner with our cities and towns – from solutions to acute workforce challenges, to relief from specific administrative burdens, to new tools to make local management more efficient and effective. 

Governor Healey also detailed some of the Local Aid support cities and towns can expect to see when she files her annual budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2025 next week. The administration’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget will recommend increasing Unrestricted General Government Aid by 3 percent to $1.31 billion. Consistent with Governor Healey’s State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday night, the budget will also propose to fully fund the fourth year of the Student Opportunity Act, boosting Chapter 70 aid to local public schools to $6.86 billion, a $263 million or 4 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2024. Overall, Local Aid in the budget will total $8.7 billion, a 3 percent increase over the current fiscal year. 

“The budget we will file next week will reflect this administration’s commitment to Local Aid and desire to keep our partnership with cities and towns at the forefront of so much we hope to accomplish,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Matthew J. Gorzkowicz. “The funding we have identified for unrestricted aid and Chapter 70 for schools will complement the reforms proposed today in the Municipal Empowerment Act to make sure our communities remain vibrant, attractive places to live and work.” 

The administration also plans to file a two-year, $400 million Chapter 90 bill alongside the Municipal Empowerment Act, proposing a multi-year authorization to help build in predictability for municipalities looking to plan longer-term projects. The annual Chapter 90 authorization would be supplemented by another $100 million for local road and bridge repairs through Fair Share surtax spending proposed in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget, and an additional $24 million dedicated to rural communities. Additionally, Lt. Governor Driscoll has directed MassDOT and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance to assemble a working group of state and local officials to review Chapter 90 administration and recommend ways to reduce the complexity and burdens of applying for and receiving these vital transportation funds. 

“Whether you drive, bike, walk, or take public transit, transportation impacts every part of our lives. I want to thank Governor Healey, Lieutenant Governor Driscoll, and the legislature for supporting Chapter 90 funding,” said Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “This funding will help us to repair roads and bridges and make key capital improvements and investments across the state. I look forward to working with the Healey-Driscoll administration as we continue to deliver equitable, reliable, and resilient transportation options for all 351 of our cities and towns.” 

The Municipal Empowerment Act is designed to arm local governments with greater tools and supports to chart their own course and make local management more efficient and effective.   

Like state government, businesses and households across the state, municipalities have budgetary challenges that impact their ability to deliver services that residents depend on and expect. To empower communities to generate more local revenue, the bill includes several local options:  

  • **Increasing the maximum local option lodging tax on hotel, motel and other rentals **from 6 percent to 7 percent of the price of a room (6.5 percent to 7.5 percent for Boston) 

  • Increasing the maximum local option meals tax from .75 percent to 1 percent of the sales price of a meal at a restaurant or local store 

  • Adding a new 5 percent local option Motor Vehicle Excise surcharge, a fee charged by every city and town on vehicles registered in their communities based on the vehicle’s value 

Other highlights focused on fiscal and staffing stability include: 

  • **Creating new property tax exemptions for seniors **to allow cities and towns to adopt a Senior Means Tested Property Tax Exemption for qualifying seniors and to increase existing senior property tax exemptions. 

  • Addressing long-term benefit funding pressures by establishing a new OPEB Commission to take a fresh look at opportunities to address unfunded liabilities from non-pension employee benefits. 

  • Allowing the creation of Regional Boards of Assessors to allow municipalities to create streamline duties and reduce significant staffing challenges.  

  • **Creating additional flexibilities in post-retirement employment **by expanding the process for seeking exemptions to post-retirement employment rules. 

The flexibility for municipalities that began during the COVID-19 public health emergency to permit outdoor dining and takeaway liquor sales, as well as hosting hybrid public meetings to encourage remote participation, would also be made permanent by this legislation. 

Additional reforms proposed in the Municipal Empowerment Act include: 

  • **Procurement law reform: ** 
  1. Clarifying that groups of cities and towns can award multiple contracts through an RFP process under Chapter 30B and purchase both supplies and services from collectively bid contracts;  

  2. Equalizing 30B thresholds for advertised procurements to $100 k for all municipal purchasing – not just schools; 

  3. Eliminating the requirement to publish notice of invitations for competitive bids on COMMBUYS; 

  4. Streamlining procurement for electric school buses and charging infrastructure by allowing single procurements for both under Chapter 30B. 

  • **Enforcement of double pole removal **after 90 days by giving municipalities enforcement authority, with penalties for utilities that fail to comply.  

  • Establishing central valuation of telecom and utility property through the Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services (DLS) to relieve cities and towns of the cost of individually hiring experts and consultants.  

  • Updating borrowing rules for school projects to increase from 30 years to 40 years the bond term to more closely reflects the life expectancy of the project. 

The Governor intends to file the Municipal Empower Act and Ch. 90 bill on Monday. The full bill texts will be available at that time. More details on the provisions of the Municipal Empowerment Act can be found in the policy briefs on **Fiscal & Staffing Stability, Local Flexibility and Operational Efficiency, Rural Supports and FY25 Local Aid. **

**Statements of Support **

**Adam Chapdelaine, Executive Director & CEO, Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) **

“The MMA is deeply grateful to the Healey-Driscoll Administration for this robust proposal, which would benefit each and every one of our Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns. The Municipal Empowerment Act includes strong recommendations based on input from local officials, with a focus on supporting our communities, modernizing practices, and improving efficiency in the delivery of essential services provided by our cities and towns.” 

**Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, incoming President of Massachusetts Mayors Association **

“Municipal government is entirely unique in that the work we do has a direct and immediate impact on the lives of our residents. We must be nimble and flexible, but most importantly, we must be efficient because municipal budgets are small and tight. The efforts here by the Healey-Driscoll Administration help us enhance and balance the needs of our residents and the changing financial landscape municipalities experience. I want to thank Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll for their commitment to supporting cities and towns in every corner of the Commonwealth.” 

**Michael Ward, Director of the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management University of Massachusetts Boston   **

“This bill contains many great improvements and fixes to help municipalities operate more efficiently and effectively. In particular, the improvements to procurement and financial processes will reduce burdens on managers and finance officials, freeing up significant time and energy to focus on other critical issues. We are also thrilled to be able to assist the Administration with its new workforce development initiatives, given the overwhelming recruitment and retention problems facing local governments across the Commonwealth.”

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January 5, 2024

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MassDOT Expands Multimodal Connectivity Across Massachusetts with 20 Miles of Shared Use Paths Opened in 2023

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce approximately 20 miles of shared use paths opened in 2023 for the first time, expanding multimodal connectivity and opportunities for recreation across Massachusetts while enhancing pedestrian and cyclist safety. Throughout the course of 2023, MassDOT completed dozens of roadway projects that added new bike lanes, sidewalks, shared use paths, and crosswalks. Additionally, MassDOT continued to support improvements in school zones and the expansion of shared paths and trails through programs like Safe Routes to School, Shared Streets and Spaces, Complete Streets, and MassTrails, which have all helped to prioritize investments in municipalities to create safer, multimodal travel.

“I want to commend our dedicated teams at MassDOT for the progress they made over the course of 2023 to give our communities more miles of multimodal connectivity,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “These projects are designed to make our transportation network safer, more practical and more inclusive for all users. We have many achievements to be proud of – and great momentum for 2024.”

“When we expand and enhance our inventory of multimodal paths, we are not just removing barriers to biking and walking, but setting the foundations for healthier, safer, more prosperous communities,” said Peter Sutton, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at MassDOT. “This success was possible thanks to our team’s great dedication, as well as the invaluable collaboration of the community leaders and advocates who continue to work with us on behalf of those who rely on our transportation systems.”        

The 20 miles of shared paths that opened in 2023 was the result of completed projects, either constructed by MassDOT or jointly funded through the MassTrails program, along 14 different trails across Massachusetts. Some notable projects include the following:

  • Shining Tides Section of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail, in Mattapoisett – completed in May 2023, this project constructed the newest 1.5-mile section of the overall 7.5-mile shared path, which now stretches from Mattapoisett to the Fairhaven waterfront. Hundreds of pilings were driven into sensitive areas of the trail, with a great deal of strategic engineering work making it possible for the trail to pass over barrier beach island, tidal stream, the Mattapoisett River and salt marsh. The Mattapoisett Rail Trail also carries the designation of the growing South Coast Bikeway as well as part of the larger East Coast Greenway.
  • Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension, in Westfield – completed in September 2023, this project constructed the downtown portion of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail in the City of Westfield. This key central segment included the construction of nearly one mile of shared path and the reconstruction or rehabilitation of four railroad bridges, as well as the construction of a new bridge over Main Street. The total length of the Columbia Greenway through Westfield is now over eight miles.
  • Community Path extension, in Somerville – completed in June, this project marked the final phase of the Somerville Community Path and involved construction of a two-mile rail-with-trail, a 10-foot wide paved shared-use path to provide connectivity with an existing path to the west which had opened in 2015. Improvements include direct connections to four new MBTA Green Line stations, as well as a 1,000-foot-long bridge structure safely bypassing several busy street and rail crossings though East Somerville, creating more connections for walking and biking for everyday travel.

In addition to the three projects highlighted above, there were 11 more projects completed in 2023 along the trails listed below, for a total of 14 projects that added 20 miles of shared paths in different communities:

  • Mohican Trail, in Williamstown
  • Mass Central Rail Trail, in Hardwick
  • Mass Central Rail Trail, in Holden
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, in Acton/Concord
  • Quequechan River Rail Trail, in Fall River
  • Groveland Community Trail, in Groveland
  • Northern Strand Trail, in Everett
  • Fenway Path, in Boston
  • Carlton Street Footbridge, in Brookline
  • Middleton Rail Trail, in Middleton
  • Danvers Rail Trail, in Danvers

In May of last year, the MassTrails Team officially launched its Priority Trails Network map. By the end of 2024, 25 additional miles of shared paths are expected to open across the state, further expanding multimodal connectivity.

Through the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, MassDOT continues to support safe biking and walking for elementary and middle school students, awarding in 2023 five SRTS Signs and Lines grants, which provide design services and up to $10,000 in construction funding to each selected community, for roadway signage and pavement markings on key walking and bicycling routes near public elementary and middle schools. The program currently serves more than 1,140 schools in 281 communities across Massachusetts where projects have been funded. The application period for this year’s round of funding closed on October 6, and awards are expected to be made in early 2024. In addition to these infrastructure activities, the SRTS Program in 2023 continued to reach thousands of students across Massachusetts through 398 bicycle and pedestrian safety trainings, 149 arrival/dismissal observations, 62 detailed walk assessments, and the creation of 162 maps to assist schools in developing walking, biking, and rolling routes to school.

Through the Shared Streets and Spaces Funding Program, MassDOT continues to provide technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots. Such improvements have shown to have a positive impact on public health, safe mobility and renewed commerce. To date, the program has awarded $50 million to support 494 projects in 183 municipalities across Massachusetts. This year’s round of funding, which closed on October 31, is currently being scored with 80 projects submitted statewide.

Through the Complete Streets Funding Program, MassDOT continues to support safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. In 2023, MassDOT distributed a total of $15.95 million in awards to 36 municipalities. Grant awards from this program are used by recipient municipalities to fund local multimodal infrastructure projects that improve travel for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and individuals using other forms of transportation. Examples of project elements that can be implemented through the program include sidewalks, multimodal paths, bicycle lanes, improved street lighting, and pedestrian signalization at crosswalks or intersections.

The MassTrails Team consists of MassDOT, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Continuing efforts to support the state’s growing network of trails, in 2023 the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $11 million in its fifth annual round of MassTrails Grants to 68 projects across Massachusetts. The grants provide assistance for the construction, maintenance and improvements for a variety of public trails throughout the state trails system, such as hiking trails, bikeways and shared-use paths.

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December 15, 2023

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Delivers $100 Million in Fair Share Funds to Municipalities for Transportation Improvements

The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced that it is delivering a total of $100 million to the state’s 351 cities and towns to support local infrastructure. The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment.  

“Our administration said from day one that we were going to make sure that Fair Share revenue was used to improve transportation and education for our communities, as the voters intended,” said Governor Maura Healey. “This funding is particularly impactful because we are empowering cities and towns to decide how to use it to address their unique needs. We are grateful to the Legislature for making this funding available and look forward to seeing how the municipalities will use it to strengthen their communities.”  

“As a former Mayor, I know how much our cities and towns rely on state funding to support their infrastructure needs of their communities,” said** Lieutenant Governor Driscoll**. “This funding will be a critical boost for them to move forward on projects like bridge preservation projects, improving Regional Transit Authority service, and expanding multi-modal pathways.”  

“We are so pleased to be able to give our cities and towns thousands of additional dollars for their transportation needs thanks to revenue from Fair Share,” said Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “Investments in transportation lift everyone up, increasing access to travel options and improving roadway safety for all users, regardless of whether they walk, bike, take public transportation or drive.”  

“Fair Share revenue represents a new and important source of funding that has enabled our administration to make vital investments in education and transportation,” said** Secretary of Administration and Finance Matthew J. Gorzkowicz**.  “I’m excited to see these important funds for transportation go out to our cities and towns to support their infrastructure needs. 

Letters have been sent to each municipality certifying that community’s Fair Share apportionment for Fiscal Year 2024. The Fair Share Amendment funds are being distributed according to two formulas. The first $50 million is being distributed using the traditional Chapter 90 formula based on local road mileage (58.33%), population (20.83%), and employment (20.83%). The second $50 million is being distributed using a formula based on each municipality’s share of road mileage.  

Each community is receiving a different total amount according to how the two formulas apportion the money. For example, Andover is receiving approximately $662,000, Barnstable more than $1 million, Framingham approximately $803,000, Lawrence approximately $542,000, Littleton approximately $210,000, Pittsfield approximately $657,000, Quincy approximately $783,000, Springfield approximately $1.6 million, and Worcester approximately $1.7 million.  This apportionment is automatically incorporated into a municipalities’ existing Chapter 90 contract with MassDOT with no further action required by the municipality. Apportionments for all communities are available online at www.mass.gov/chapter-90-program. The funds are now available for municipal use.  

Communities may use Fair Share revenue for construction, preservation, and improvement projects that create or extend the life of capital facilities. This includes costs for highway projects and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Projects that are eligible would include installing sidewalks, bicycle lanes, new pavement, sidewalks, retaining walks, crossing signals, and other transportation infrastructure features.  

The Fair Share FY 2024 amounts by municipality can be found here.

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November 30, 2023

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Transportation Secretary Announces Senior Management Appointments

Massachusetts Transportation of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt is announcing the appointment of Hayes Morrison as Undersecretary of Transportation and Matthew Bamonte as MassDOT Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  Morrison and Bamonte have each been serving for several years on the senior leadership team at MassDOT and assume their new positions immediately.

“MassDOT, as an organization, and I personally, am incredibly fortunate to have dedicated public servants like Hayes and Matt ready to step into these roles thanks to their years of experience in senior management,”** said Secretary Tibbits-Nutt.** “Hayes and Matt both bring a strong background in leading complicated initiatives, and, as experts in their fields, are ready and able to advance our most critical programs related to climate action, transportation safety, multimodalism, capital investment, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Public service is an honor, an honor that asks a great deal of those who accept it.  I am grateful that Hayes and Matt are willing to embrace these challenges alongside me.”

Hayes Morrison is being promoted to the position of Undersecretary after more than 20 years of experience leading key projects and initiatives in the public sector.  In the role of Undersecretary, she will oversee eight departments:  Office of Transportation Planning, Office of Performance Management and Innovation, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, the Innovation Lab at MassDOT, Office of Federal Funding Coordination, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Compliance and Internal Audit, and Operational Excellence.  She began work at MassDOT in November 2020 as Chief of Mobility and was then promoted to Assistant Secretary of Policy and Strategy, then to Acting Chief of Staff.  During the last three years, she has led MassDOT in taking steps toward climate and resiliency goals and ensuring Bipartisan Infrastructure Law policies were represented in projects and programs.  Before joining MassDOT, Morrison served from 2015 to 2020 at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) where she was Deputy Director, Strategic and Business Planning. In that role, she led planning and policy decisions pertaining to infrastructure development, land use, and other important initiatives.  Morrison’s career also included serving as Director of Transportation, Infrastructure, Parks, and Open Space for the City of Somerville for more than three years and serving as Transportation Finance Manager for the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization for more than four years.

Matthew Bamonte is being promoted to Chief Administrative Officer after serving in an acting CAO capacity since July 2022.  Matt is a MassDOT veteran who has served in multiple roles for almost two decades in positions of increased responsibility, starting as Capital Budget Director in 2004, then Director of Finance for Real Estate and Asset Development in 2017, then Chief Administrative Officer for the Highway Division in 2020, then Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for MassDOT in 2021, to the role of Acting Chief Administrative Officer in 2022.  Bamonte is well-known beyond MassDOT among other state colleagues as he has been engaged in many cross-department budget meetings, played a critical role in the development of the MassDOT capital program, and coordinated MassDOT’s federal program.  He is a proven leader, having overseen several departments at MassDOT: Fiscal, Information Technology, Human Resources, Diversity and Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Real Estate and Economic Development, and General Services.  

MassDOT has four divisions: Aeronautics, Highway, Rail and Transit and Registry of Motor Vehicles. Learn more about the Massachusetts Department of Transportation:

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-transportation

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November 13, 2023

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Governor Healey Appoints Monica Tibbits-Nutt as Secretary of Transportation

BOSTON — Governor Maura T. Healey today announced that she is appointing Monica Tibbits-Nutt as Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) effective today. Tibbits-Nutt has been serving as Acting Secretary since mid-September and was previously Undersecretary for Transportation.  

“Monica Tibbits-Nutt is a proven leader who has done important work at MassDOT over the past year as we’ve worked to make Massachusetts’ transportation system more reliable, safe and accessible,” said Governor Healey. “As Acting Secretary, she hit the ground running by working with the MBTA to prepare a first-of-its kind plan to fix the tracks by the end of next year, taking important steps to integrate climate planning across MassDOT, securing federal funding to support infrastructure needs, and stepping up for communities that were devastated by extreme weather. She prioritizes community engagement and equity at every turn. Lieutenant Governor Driscoll and I are confident that Secretary Tibbits-Nutt is the right person to lead the hardworking team at MassDOT and serve the people of Massachusetts.” 

“Secretary Tibbits-Nutt has been a deeply valued member of our team from day one, and our entire administration is thrilled to see her step into this well-deserved role,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “She has earned the respect of her colleagues and community partners, and I know that our transportation system is in good hands under her leadership.” 

“I am grateful to Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll for the opportunity to lead MassDOT as Secretary,” said Secretary Tibbits-Nutt. “Over the past year, I have had the privilege to serve alongside and get to know the incredible team at MassDOT. We all share a deep commitment to delivering the safe, reliable, resilient and equitable transportation system that the people of Massachusetts deserve. I am honored by the opportunity to lead the Department in this critical moment and build on the progress that the Healey-Driscoll Administration has made together.” 

**About Monica Tibbits-Nutt **

Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt,** AICP, LEED AP BD+C**was sworn in as Acting Secretary for Transportation on September 11, 2023. She was previously appointed Undersecretary of Transportation by Governor Healey in January 2023. She also completed her tenure on the MassDOT Board of Directors and as the Vice-Chair of the Fiscal Management and Control Board (FMCB) that oversaw the MBTA from 2015-2021.  

For the past two months as Acting Secretary, she has: 

  • Facilitated emergency construction and relief in the wake of the catastrophic flash flooding and property damage caused by the October 11 rainstorm. 

  • Received more than $108 million in funding from the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program, which will lay the groundwork for construction of West-East Rail. 

  • Submitted federal funding applications for the Cape Cod Bridges, the Allston Multimodal Project, the Vernon Hill project in Worcester, and the Schell Bridge. 

  • Released $4.7m in Community Transit Grant awards directly to municipalities. 

  • Received more than $4.57 million for infrastructure projects to improve road safety in Brockton, Haverhill, Lowell, and Somerville through a U.S. Department of Transportation Program. 

  • Completed the Squires Bridge Project in Somerville in 25 days, on time and with minimal disruption to the 2023 Fluff Festival. The original projected timeline was 42 days. 

  • Worked with the MBTA to prepare a first-of-its kind Track Improvement Plan and extended all MBTA ferry service into the late fall. 

  • Moved forward in the process of standing up the first-ever Office of Transportation and Climate Planning and Policy as a shared service responsible for setting operational standards for both MassDOT and MBTA. 

As Undersecretary of MassDOT, she directed oversight over the Rail & Transit Division, Aeronautics Division, and the Office of Transportation Planning. 

Prior to accepting her current role, Secretary Tibbits-Nutt served as the Executive Director of 128 Business Council, a unique transportation management association and regional service provider that builds privately-funded, cooperative public transportation routes throughout the Route 128 West Corridor.  

Secretary Tibbits-Nutt's areas of specialty are regional and transportation planning, urban design, and transit equity. In both her work and research, she is particularly interested in capitalizing upon every opportunity to better educate transportation stakeholders and the public about all aspects of the planning process. As part of this focus on education, she serves as the Vice President of the non-profit Youth Engagement Planning (YEP!), which brings urban planning and community advocacy into K-12 environments.  

Secretary Tibbits-Nutt also commits a significant portion of her time to mentorship through her roles as a member of the Board of Advisors to The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and, less officially, by making herself available to the students and young professionals she has met through guest lecturing and her membership in the American Planning Association, the Transportation Research Board, and other professional associations. Secretary Tibbits-Nutt serves on the Board of Directors of WTS International and the WTS Foundation, which seeks to create a more inclusive and equitable transportation industry and provides scholarships to female-identifying professionals and students, respectively; and on the Board of Trustees of TransitCenter, which works to support, inform, connect and fund civic and public leaders working to truly make transit better. 

Secretary Tibbits-Nutt is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction with the U.S. Green Building Council. Originally hailing from the rural Midwest, she is a first-generation college graduate.

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October 27, 2023

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Federal Grants Announced: Safe Streets and Roads for All

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that more than $4,570,000 is being awarded to four municipalities in the second round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program. The Program was established through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and includes approximately $5 billion in appropriated funds to be awarded over the next five years.  The second round grant awards will be going to planning and infrastructure initiatives to improve road safety in Brockton, Haverhill, Lowell, and Somerville.

“We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Transportation and our congressional delegation for this Safe Streets and Roads grant funding for Brockton, Haverhill, Lowell, and Somerville,” said** Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt.  **“MassDOT has been pleased to work collaboratively with these four municipalities in identifying projects and plans which meet the Safe Streets and Road criteria and advance much needed safety improvements and we look forward to helping other cities and towns in developing action steps which make travel safer for everyone, whether they are on foot, bicycle, public transportation vehicles or using their own personal vehicles.”

“Safe Streets and Roads for All is a critical program for enabling cities and towns to improve safety for all users of our roads,” said Director of Federal Funds and Infrastructure Quentin Palfrey. “We thank the Biden Administration for making these historic investments available to Massachusetts’ communities and look forward to the opportunity to support local governments with securing federal dollars in future rounds of funding.”

The SS4A program funding awards can be used to improve roadway safety by supporting communities in developing comprehensive safety action plans based on a Safe Systems Approach, conduct data analyses, and implement projects and strategies that seek to significantly reduce or eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries involving pedestrians, bicyclists, micromobility users, motorists, public transportation customers, users of personal conveyance, and commercial vehicle operators.  Additionally, awarded funding can also be used to support robust stakeholder engagement in order to ensure that all community members have a voice in developing plans, projects, and strategies.

Today’s announcement made by the U.S. Department of Transportation and MassDOT is in regard to funding in the second round for these four communities:

  • City of Somerville for Somerville Bicycle Network Vision Safety Demonstration Project ($3,984,000)
  • City of Brockton for Demonstration Grant ($188,480)
  • City of Haverhill for Haverhill Main Street Intersection Development Project ($200,000)
  • City of Lowell for Lowell Supplemental Action Planning ($200,000)

This past February, MassDOT announced that 17 municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies in Massachusetts received grant awards through the first round of the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program.  The recipients of the first round of FY2022 SS4A program funding awards were as follows:   

  • Barnstable County/Cape Cod Commission ($240,000)
  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission ($198,593) 
  • Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council ($2,238,680
  • City of Boston ($9,000,000
  • City of Salem ($200,000)
  • City of Somerville ($116,800)
  • City of Springfield: ($15,012,800)
  • City of Worcester ($200,000)
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission ($375,233)
  • Montachusett Regional Planning Commission ($750,000)
  • Old Colony Planning Council ($320,000) 
  • Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District ($880,000) 
  • Town of Dedham ($207,841) 
  • Town of Nantucket ($460,000) 
  • Town of Southbridge ($60,000) 
  • Town of Ware ($40,500) 
  • Town of Weymouth ($336,000) 

The Safe Streets and Roads for All Program projects are approved based on including specific timelines and projects for implementation, specific prioritization criteria, and incorporation of the Safe System Approach. 

Additional SS4A awards are expected to be announced in December.  Applications for the next round of SS4A are anticipated to open in February of 2024.

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October 6, 2023

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Fitch Rates Massachusetts' $1.5 Billion GO Bonds 'AA+'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings - New York - 06 Oct 2023: Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+' ratings to approximately $1.485 billion Commonwealth of Massachusetts general obligation (GO) bonds, consisting of:

--$275 million GO Bonds Consolidated Loan of 2023 Series B;

--$200 million GO Bonds Consolidated Loan of 2023 Series C;

--$550 million GO Bonds Consolidated Loan of 2023 Series D;

--$260 million GO Bonds Consolidated Loan of 2023 Series E (federally taxable);

--$200 million GO Bonds Refunding Bonds 2023 Series C.

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September 22, 2023

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MassDOT Launches Long-Term Strategic Planning Study to Develop and Evaluate Options for Eventual Replacement of the Tobin Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure a transportation planning and engineering consultant team to develop and evaluate options for the eventual replacement of the Maurice J. Tobin Bridge.  The RFP can be found online: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=BD-24-1030-0P100-0P010-93410&external=true&parentUrl=close.

The Tobin Bridge carries Route 1 over the Mystic River, directly connects Boston and Chelsea, and provides connectivity to the regional transportation network. With Annual Average Daily Traffic across the bridge at approximately 87,000 vehicles, (as of September 2023), the Route 1 corridor is regularly congested in the peak hours and operates at or near capacity.  The RFP will procure a team to assist MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning with a study to best position MassDOT in the project development process once the determination is made for the Tobin Bridge to be replaced.

“The time is now to start taking the steps needed with planning and engineering decisions about the future of the Tobin Bridge,” said Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt.  “Before the Tobin Bridge reaches the end of its useful life, we’re initiating a long-term strategic planning study to guide us on what type of facility should be built to replace it. This will also allow us to address any other deficiencies, and to think about opportunities we may have to improve future transit priority and multimodal travel over the Mystic River.”

“This study is an investment in our future as it will not only prepare us to replace the Tobin Bridge but to also modernize the connection with a deep focus on climate resiliency and how to incorporate multimodal transportation options,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.

Environmental review within the study’s scope of work, will encompass, but will not be limited to, impacts on ecosystems/habitats, overall environment, including air quality and greenhouse gas impacts, environmental justice areas, navigable waterways, and designated Port Areas and Chapter 91 boundaries. In accordance with evaluating these impacts, this study will examine greenhouse gas emissions, flooding, urban heat islands, and climate change mitigation measures and metrics.

Given the number and variety of stakeholders in the Tobin Bridge area, the study’s scope of work proposes a robust public engagement process. This will include, but not be limited to, the formation of a Working Group that will invite key stakeholders to participate, such as the City of Chelsea, the City of Boston, Massport, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, advocacy groups and community organizations.  Public engagement will include in-person public meetings, stakeholder meetings, briefings, a study website, and outreach workshops. The Working Group will work with the selected consultant team at the outset of the study process to develop an appropriate public involvement plan with a focus on equity, multi-modal travel, community impacts, and socioeconomic factors. 

The Tobin Bridge is currently maintained in a “State of Good Repair,” with preventative measures and maintenance projects programmed annually to ensure safe operating conditions. On Wednesday, September 20, members of the MassDOT Board of Directors approved a contract for approximately $128 million for Tobin Bridge repairs while the bridge’s replacement is being evaluated.  The scope of work includes:

  • Cleaning existing steel and removing old paint on the Chelsea approach lower level mainline (northbound), Beacon Street ramp, upper level mainline (southbound) and Everett Avenue ramp.
  • Performing repairs to the existing Chelsea approach steel superstructure elements, and safety walk elements at the lower level mainline, Beacon Street ramp, upper level mainline and Everett Avenue ramp.
  • Upon completion of steel repairs, painting the existing steel.
  • Performing repairs to substructure elements.
  • Repairs to concrete substructure elements.

Construction for the Tobin Bridge’s immediate maintenance repairs will be conducted in ways that minimize impacts on the local neighborhoods and to the traveling public. No permanent lane closures on the bridge are anticipated during construction and no impacts are expected to adjacent roadways. 

Previously, in 2019, MassDOT launched the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project which included major maintenance efforts.  More can be found on that project online:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/tobin-bridgechelsea-curves-rehabilitation-project-fact-sheet-english/download

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September 12, 2023

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Healey-Driscoll Administration announces MassDOT Awarded $80 million in Additional Federal Highway Administration Funding

BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are announcing MassDOT has received an additional $80 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of the annual funding redistribution process. These redistribution funds represent federal transportation funds that were unable to be used for the programs to which they were originally allocated. As part of this redistribution, MassDOT will add or increase funding for 12 infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.

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August 21, 2023

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Submits Competitive Federal Applications for Four Infrastructure Projects from the Cape to Boston to Williamsburg

BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced it has submitted federal grant applications to support the Cape Cod bridges, the Allston I-90 Multimodal project, the North Station Renovation and Draw 1 Bridge Replacement project, and the Williamsburg Route 9 Reconstruction. These projects represent a competitive bid for over $2 billion in federal funding to support sustainable, equitable, and safe transportation projects across the Commonwealth.

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August 4, 2023

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Press Release Governor Healey Signs $375 Million Bridge, Road Maintenance, and Infrastructure Bill to Improve Transportation Across Massachusetts

AMESBURY — Governor Maura T. Healey today signed the Chapter 90 conference committee bill (“Chapter 90”), which authorizes $375 million in funding to reimburse municipalities for bridge and road maintenance and funding for transportation-related infrastructure grants. Governor Healey, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Gina Fiandaca today celebrated the bill signing at events in Lowell and Amesbury.

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January 22, 2022

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Baker-Polito Administration to File for $200 Million in Chapter 90 Local Transportation Funding, Highlights Fiscal Year 2023 Local Aid Proposal

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced plans to file legislation next week seeking $200 million in Chapter 90 funding to help all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts improve transportation infrastructure and address needs within their local communities. Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Meeting today.

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November 10, 2021

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Baker-Polito Administration Refiles Legislation to Improve Roadway Safety and Combat Impaired Driving

The Baker-Polito Administration today refiled legislation to improve safety on the Commonwealth’s roadways and combat drug-impaired driving.  This proposal would update road safety laws by implementing uniform standards and promoting proven strategies to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and will implement recommendations made by the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving.

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October 7, 2021

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Governor Baker Appoints Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Board of Directors

Governor Charlie Baker today appointed the seven-member Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Board of Directors and designated Betsy Taylor as chair. In July, Governor Baker signed legislation that established a new, permanent board of directors for the MBTA.

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July 27, 2021

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Governor Charlie Baker Announces Appointment of Jamey Tesler as Transportation Secretary

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today announced the appointment of Jamey L. Tesler as Secretary of Transportation and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

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July 21, 2021

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million to Municipalities in Shared Streets and Spaces Program Funding Awards

Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver in Dedham to announce the award of $6.5 million total to cities and towns which applied for funding from the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program. The program provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts municipalities conceive, design, and implement changes to curbs, streets, plazas, and parking areas in support of public health, safe mobility, renewed commerce, and community betterment.

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April 26, 2021

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Baker-Polito Administration Files New Legislation to Improve Road Safety

The Baker-Polito Administration today filed legislation to improve road safety, entitled, “An Act Relative to Improving Safety on the Roads of the Commonwealth.” The legislation includes provisions previously filed by the Administration in 2019 and several new proposals, including increasing penalties for individuals who cause personal injury while driving on a non-administratively suspended license.

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February 17, 2021

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Governor Baker Signs $16 Billion Transportation Bond Bill

Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Acting MassDOT Secretary of Transportation Jamey Tesler joined legislators, municipal leaders, and other stakeholders in a virtual ceremonial signing of the $16 billion Transportation Bond Bill legislation. This legislation was signed into law on January 15, 2021, and authorizes funding across all modes of transportation to support and facilitate the ongoing continual efforts of MassDOT and the MBTA to invest in and modernize the Commonwealth’s transportation system.

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