Funding Awarded To Commence Urban Ring Draft Environmental Impact Statement

September 2, 1999 -- Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator John Kerry and Rep. Michael Capuano announced that the Federal Transit Administration has awarded the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) $744,412 to initiate a draft environmental impact statement for the Urban Ring transportation project.

The Urban Ring would connect much of Greater Boston's existing transit system, reducing the need for transfers and increasing the likelihood that commuters will choose the option of public transportation. Currently, approximately 90% of travelers into and within the Urban Ring corridor must transfer at some point to reach their destination, which slows travel and increases congestion.

"This study is an essential part of the Urban Ring Project to improve the quality of life for communities in the Greater Boston area," said Senator Kennedy. "The Urban Ring will help reduce congestion, provide much better access to job centers and improve air quality. I commend the Federal Transit Administration for this timely funding."

"The Urban Ring will provide clean and efficient transportation in and around Boston," stated Senator Kerry. "By increasing the use of the T, the residents of Greater Boston will enjoy a faster commute and a cleaner environment."

"The Urban Ring will improve transportation for many communities including Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville and Cambridge by connecting much of the existing transit system. It is a critical transportation link in Massachusetts and this funding will allow the planning process to continue," stated Rep. Capuano.