Billions Approved For Massachusetts Transportation Projects

April 15, 2014 9:51 PM
Billions Approved For Massachusetts Transportation Projects
" BOSTON (AP) — Construction could begin in the near future on several high-profile transportation projects around the state following an agreement reached by legislative negotiators on a $13 billion bond bill.

The deal was reached by a six-member conference committee late Monday and was expected to go before the full House and Senate for votes later in the week.

The bill would authorize the state to borrow for a range of projects, many of which have been on the drawing board for years, including $2.3 billion for the expansion of commuter rail service to the South Coast region of Massachusetts.

The bill also authorizes $325 million for improvements to Boston’s South Station, and calls for the regional rail hub to be renamed The Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center in honor of the former governor and onetime Democratic presidential candidate, who has long advocated for improved passenger rail service.

The compromise also includes up to $1.3 billion for the extension of the MBTA’s Green Line to Medford, and $2.5 billion for the purchase of new Red Line and Orange Line trains, with a stipulation that final assembly of the new vehicles be done by a company in Massachusetts "

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