Massachusetts transportation financing bill

New England News
6:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Knowledge Corridor Rail Line Purchased By The State

Gov. Deval Patrick steps off a train in Greenfield to announce an agreement in principle to purchase a refurbished north-south rail line from Pan Am Southern
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a milestone agreement today in the effort to bring high- speed passenger rail service to western Massachusetts.

Governor Patrick arrived in Greenfield onboard a train from North Adams to announce a tentative agreement to have the state purchase the rail line between East Northfield on the Vermont border and Springfield.  The 49-mile stretch is nearing the completion of a major restoration that will return passenger rail service to communities along the Connecticut River.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Mass. Gov. Patrick On Hand To Mark Road Work In Lee

Flanked on his right by Dem. State Senator Ben Downing and Dem. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli on his left, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, in red, digs into a pile of dirt Monday morning in Lee. The ceremony marked work on a two-mile stretch of Tyringham Road.
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was in Lee this morning to break ground on a road construction project.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Chinese Rail Car Maker Taps Resources For Possible Springfield Factory

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Top executives from a Chinese rail car company were back in Springfield, Massachusetts today continuing to lay the groundwork for a factory to build subway cars for the MBTA.  Officials at a local college offered its school of engineering as a resource for the company.

 A decision on building the $30 million factory in Springfield will be made by the end of the year, as Chanchung Railway Vehicles awaits word on the awarding of a contract potentially worth up to $1.5 billion to supply hundreds of new subway cars for the MBTA.  Bids for the project are due by May 15th.

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New England News
4:48 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

MA Officials Unveil $12B Transportation Plan

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BOSTON (AP) — An ambitious five-year plan to upgrade the Massachusetts’ infrastructure includes billions of dollars for new MBTA trains, road and bridge repairs, and all-electronic tolling.

The $12.4 billion capital investment plan released by Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Friday is a blueprint only and there's no guarantee that all of the projects will go forward.

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New England News
6:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

PVTA Seeks State Funding To Build New Bus Repair Facility

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield, MA
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State legislators in Massachusetts are working to write a transportation bond bill. Funding is being sought for a couple of major transportation projects in Springfield.

   The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority hopes to get state money to build a new maintenance and operations facility to replace a 100 –year- old former trolley barn that the administrator of the authority says is obsolete and too small to repair modern buses.  Also an urgent need is seen to begin work to replace the aging elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield.  

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New England News
12:33 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Western Mass. Residents Push for Commuter Discount for Proposed Tolls

Western Massachusetts residents gathered at Lee High School to weigh in on the proposed reinstatement of tolls from Exit 1 to Exit 6 on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The tolls would be set at the same rates as in 1996, when they were eliminated.
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Western Massachusetts residents had a chance to weigh in on the proposed reinstatement of tolls on the westernmost portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Massachusetts Ballot Questions Proposed To Repeal New Taxes

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Parts of a large tax bill enacted to pay for transportation needs in Massachusetts are now the focus of separate repeal efforts.  Petitions were filed with the Massachusetts attorney general today to begin a process that could put the repeal initiatives on the 2014 state election ballot.

       A coalition of more than 20 business leaders from some of the state’s biggest companies, including Staples Inc. and Boston Scientific, signed the petition that seeks repeal of the recent expansion of the state’s sales tax to computer software services.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Mass. Governor Rides Into Pittsfield In Support Of Passenger Rail Expansion

Governor Patrick joins state officials and others in Pittsfield after riding the rails from the Connecticut border along the Housatonic Railroad.
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On Monday, Governor Patrick, Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, and others boarded a train on the Housatonic Railroad and rode from the Connecticut border to Pittsfield.

The symbolic trip came after the governor had sought more than $1 billion in new revenues for transportation in his initial fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, a plan that contained dedicated funding for several priority projects, including $113 million for the rail expansion in Berkshire County.

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New England News
6:02 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Mass. Taxes On Gas, Cigarettes To Increase

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Massachusetts consumers will soon be paying higher taxes for gasoline and cigarettes.

The state's gasoline tax jumps 3 cents on Wednesday, from 21 cents per gallon to 24 cents.

Smokers will also have to shell out more for a pack of cigarettes, with the excise tax jumping $1 from $2.51 per pack to $3.51 per pack.

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New England News
6:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Override Transportation Veto

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Taxes on gasoline and cigarettes are set to increase after Massachusetts lawmakers voted to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of a transportation financing bill.

The bill contains a 3 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax, along with a $1 per pack increase in the cigarette tax. Those tax hikes are scheduled to take effect in seven days.

Patrick vetoed the bill after lawmakers rejected his demand to add a provision allowing for an additional gas tax hike if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.

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