State Representative Dan Cullinane Delivers in Transportation Bond Bill
House Approves $12.7 Billion Transportation Finance Legislation Including $300 Million for Local Aid Unanimous Vote Reaffirms Commitment to Investing in Local Aid and Transportation
State Representative Dan Cullinane joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives last week in approving a $12.7 billion bond bill to assist Massachusetts communities in paying for local transportation-related projects.
Representative Cullinane called the Transportation Bond Bill “a victory for the people of the 12th Suffolk District” citing four amendments that he successfully secured funding for addressing critical needs and quality of life improvements in Mattapan.
“I was proud to deliver on my promise to fight for Mattapan Square and to deliver results for the people of the 12th Suffolk District,” State Representative Dan Cullinane said. “Working with Speaker DeLeo, I secured more than $5.3 Million in funding aimed at addressing important quality of life issues for residents across the district – including $1.1 million for Mattapan Square.”
During the Transportation Bond Bill process, Representative Cullinane successfully advocated for the following:
$4.2 Million for improvements to eleven priority intersections in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, South End, East Boston, and Roxbury in the City of Boston
$500,000 for a comprehensive traffic study of Mattapan Square and the surrounding roadways in the City of Boston and the Town of Milton to address the traffic volume and congestion in and around Mattapan Square
$500,000 for beautification and streetscape improvements to Mattapan Square and Blue Hill Avenue including the planting of trees in the median of Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan Square to Walk Hill Street as well as the repainting of the Mattapan business district parking spaces, traffic lanes, bicycle lanes, and crosswalks
$100,000 for the installation of three MBTA bus shelters in and around Mattapan Square including one shelter to be placed at the intersection of Cummins Highway and River Street
Additionally, Representative Cullinane co-sponsored an amendment led by State Representative Walter Timility of Milton which secured more than $200,000 for the town of Milton to include the Opticon System on the town’s fire truck which triggers green lights as emergency vehicles approach congested intersections
The bond bill authorizes $300 million in Chapter 90 funding to help cities and towns complete road, bridge and infrastructure improvement projects. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the House has either raised or level-funded Chapter 90. The legislation also includes a provision designating South Station the “Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.”
“Chapter 90 funds are essential to providing stability and prompting economic growth in Massachusetts,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “That growth starts on the local level which is why the House has been, and will continue to be, an unyielding champion of municipalities across the state. This bill provides cities and towns with the funds they so rightly deserve. I thank Chairman Straus and my colleagues for their work.”
“I’m pleased that this legislation authorizes an appropriation of $300 million for cities and towns through Chapter 90 and also funds a variety of important large-scale transportation projects throughout the state,” said Representative William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. “This bill demonstrates a continued financial commitment by the House of Representatives to pay for all modes of transportation in Massachusetts including roads, bridge repairs, new trains, improvements to local airports, and major transportation infrastructure projects. An accessible and modern transportation system is essential for economic growth.”
“Speaker DeLeo’s support for $300 million for road repairs in our cities and towns reflects the House’s continued commitment to the needs of local communities,” said Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford), Chairman of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
The legislation will improve and modernize the state’s infrastructure system through projects including:
$2.97 billion for state-wide roadway and bridge projects;
$350 million in investments for Regional Transit Authority improvements;
$125 million to support the Department of Conservation in preserving and improving historic parkways;
$2.5 billion for MBTA rail improvements including new Red and Orange Line cars.
The bill also includes $50 million in grant monies for the ‘complete streets’ project which supports investments that accommodate users including motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit. The bill now moves to the Senate.