Hello to you, again, from a sweltering downtown Boston... hope you're keeping the water and air conditioners handy; I know I am.
Just passing along a few headlines...
- The MBTA is one step closer to receiving a bailout, which would help them close their budget gap for the year. The Globe's Eric Moskowitz reports the Massachusetts Senate voted "yes" on Tuesday to allocate $49 million to the struggling transit agency. Governor Deval Patrick has until June 30th to sign off on the bailout. Full story here.
- Folks in Springfield will be pleased to hear the federal government has approved $17 million to kickstart the redevelopment of Union Station. The station is set to become an intermodal transportation center, with a bus station included. The project is part of a larger federal mission to provide rail service between Springfield and New Haven, CT, and should be finished by late 2014. Full story here.
- Mainers aren't feeling good about the proposed toll hikes on the Maine Turnpike. Around 150 people attended a meeting in Auburn last night, where they voiced their strong disappointment en masse. Turnpike officials say the extra cash is necessary to raise an additional $26 million in revenue. That amount will help to cover the annual operating budget, maintenance and long-term debt service. Full story here.
So what do you think about the MBTA bailout? Are you a proponent of the Springfield-New Haven rail project, or do you think railroads aren't the way to go? Leave me your thoughts in the comments.
I'll be back on Friday with your construction for next week, MBTA advisories, and I'll have a list of those smartphone apps you've been telling me work best for you.
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