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Congressman Capuano Testifies in Support of the Urban Ring

February 11, 1999 -- 8th District Representative Mike Capuano testified yesterday before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation in support of Metropolitan Boston's Urban Ring.

The Urban Ring would connect much of Greater Boston's existing transit system, greatly reducing the need for transfers and increasing the likelihood that commuters will choose the option of public transportation.

In written testimony submitted to the Committee, Rep. Capuano stated: "The Urban Ring proposal would combine buses, light rail and/or rapid transit to encircle Boston's downtown, connect Logan Airport, Boston neighborhoods and many of the city's neighboring communities, including Chelsea, Everett, Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline."

Rep. Capuano continued: "Today the quality of service for Metropolitan Boston's transit users within the Urban Ring Corridor is in desperate need of improvement. A full ninety percent of all transit travelers into and within the corridor must transfer within Boston's hub to reach their destinations. The circuitous routes and numerous transfers slow travel and increase congestion." Rep. Capuano's testimony included a request of $4 million to fund the continuing preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Study.