Rep. Capuano, Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry Secure Additional Urban Ring Funding

September 24, 1999 -- Rep. Michael Capuano, Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator John Kerry announced that an additional $1 million has been secured to continue the Urban Ring draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The funding was included in the FY 2000 Transportation Appropriations Conference Report, which passed in the House today and is expected to win Senate approval. Last month, the Federal Transit Administration provided the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) with $744,412 to begin the draft EIS.

The Urban Ring would connect much of Greater Boston's existing transportation system, greatly reducing the need for transfers and increasing travel options for commuters. Currently, almost 90% of commuters must transfer at some point to reach their destinations, which slows travel time and increases congestion.

"I'm delighted we were able to obtain funds for this important initiative to help our communities adjust to new commuting patterns in the Greater Boston Region. Streamlining our transportation network is essential to reduce the stress on families and neighborhoods and keep our economy thriving," Senator Kennedy stated.

Senator John Kerry said, "The Urban Ring will vastly improve the quality and convenience of commuting for many Bay State residents. This funding represents a significant step toward realizing this important project."

"The Urban Ring is a critical transportation link in the Greater Boston area. It will increase travel options for commuters and provide greater access to employment opportunities. This funding will allow the planning process to continue," stated Rep. Mike Capuano.