Mike on Transportation

As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I have worked to secure funding for a number of important transportation projects. Some of these include the North Washington Street Bridge, East Boston Haul Road, Melnea Cass Boulevard, the Chelsea Street Bridge, the Longfellow Bridge and Rutherford Avenue. Federal funding for projects like these is critical to maintaining our infrastructure, which helps increase productivity. States and municipalities cannot fund such projects on their own, so it is important that the federal government contribute sufficient resources.

Congress recently reauthorized transportation programs through FY 2014. Massachusetts is receiving $1.9 billion for highway and transit programs as a result of this reauthorization. In terms of federal dollars, Massachusetts is one of only three states and the District of Columbia that will see an increase in total annual funding. The bill also contains my legislation establishing a nationwide tunnel inspection program modeled after the bridge inspection program.

I will continue fighting to increase access to public transportation by extending the Green Line into Somerville, making improvements to the Fairmont Line, advancing an Orange Line stop at Assembly Square, and making progress on the Urban Ring. An enhanced public transportation system will give residents greater options, increase access to employment opportunities and help protect the environment.