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$1.4b state Senate transportation bill would benefit Framingham, Ashland, MWRTA

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 25, 2012 02:07 PM

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The state Senate passed a nearly $1.4 billion bond bill on Tuesday to fund existing transportation improvement projects in Framingham and other local municipalities through the next fiscal year.

The bill includes $1 million for the planning, design, or construction of transportation related improvements in the Route 126/135 interchange area in Framingham.

It also includes $1.5 million for expanding the response dispatch facility of the MetroWest RTA, and $1 million for the planning, design, and construction of transportation improvements in downtown Ashland at-grade rail crossings.

“Transportation infrastructure is not only important to the everyday life of our residents but it is also essential for continued economic development in cities and towns across the state,” said state Senator Karen Spilka, an Ashland Democrat. “This will give our communities the additional resources they need to tackle some of their most significant transportation problems.”

The Senate bill authorizes the state to borrow $683 million for existing projects, ensuring that state dollars will be available to leverage federal funding for a total of $1.39 billion.

The Senate bill and the House bill will go to a conference committee to produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the governor.

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