Massachusetts governor seeks $200M in transportation funding
Massachusetts – Gov. Charlie Baker is set to file legislation this week for $200 million in transportation funding to help all Massachusetts cities and towns improve their infrastructure.
This funding request complements the $31.5 million increase in unrestricted local aid that will be included in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget proposal, as announced by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito at the Massachusetts Municipal Association meeting on January 21.
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The $200 million in Chapter 90 funding would be available to local cities and towns for FY23. If approved by the Legislature, this most recent request would bring the state’s Chapter 90 total to $1.76 billion.
Through the Chapter 90 program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Funding is awarded by municipality and is predetermined by a formula that includes factors such as population, road miles, and employment.
Chapter 90 funding has supported municipal programs such as the Complete Streets Funding Program, Shared Streets and Spaces, Municipal Small Bridge, Municipal Pavement, and Local Bottleneck Reduction.