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New England News
12:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Transportation Projects Await Approval Of Bond Bill

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield,MA
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State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is pressing the Massachusetts Senate to approve a transportation bond bill as a new construction season approaches.  The $12.7 billion bond bill approved earlier this month in a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts House includes funding for some long-sought projects in western Massachusetts.

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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and operations facility to replace a 100 –year- old former trolley barn that the administrator of the authority says is obsolete and too small to repair modern buses.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
5:40 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Massachusetts Senate To Debate Transportation Funding Bill

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday is expected to take up a transportation finance bill.

The Senate leadership is proposing to add $120 million to the $500 million dollar transportation bill approved earlier this week in the Massachusetts House.  The Senate bill calls for the same tax increases as the House including a 3 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax.  The additional money would come from existing revenue streams.  Republican State Senator Michael Knapik says higher taxes is a hard sell to the public

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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Transportation Bill Closes Budget Gaps For Regional Transit Authorities

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
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The  $500 million tax bill approved this week by the Massachusetts House to fund transportation should address the immediate financial needs of the state’s 14 regional transit authorities.  But advocates for public transportation say it is a regressive approach that does not meet the demand for more bus and train service. 

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New England News
4:08 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Transportation Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In Mass. Senate

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to vote on raising taxes, including a 3 cent increase in the gasoline tax, to fund the state’s transportation system.

   The $500 million dollar tax increase faces an uncertain fate in the Massachusetts Senate, according to Democratic State Senator James Welch of West Springfield.

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New England News
5:53 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Fare Hike Expected For PVTA

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Operators of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts are not planning to hike fares or cut service to close a projected budget gap.  The expectation is that there will be more state funding for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and the rest of the state’s regional transit systems.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

PVTA Fare Hikes Rejected By Governing Board

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
WAMC

Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.  But, the  Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will need more revenue next year to avoid a budget deficit and possible service cuts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
4:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Finance Control Board For MBTA Proposed

A bipartisan group of  Massachusetts State  Senators is proposing a new  governing board for the MBTA to go along with a $50 million  financial bailout.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

           

            State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham says the MBTA, which operates public transit in the greater Boston area, should not get any more money unless management changes.

New England News
6:25 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Possible Transit Fare Hikes Protested

People in downtown Springfield MA protest possible public transit fare hikes
WAMC

The Massachusetts legislature is considering a stop gap funding bill to help out the state’s transit authorities.  People who depend on public transportation hope it will be enough to avoid fare  hikes.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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