Federal Policy

Federal transportation policy and funding is critically important to Massachusetts. Many projects and programs that support mobility throughout the state are funded with federal dollars. The current transportation authorization law (The FAST Act) is about halfway through its term. It provides funding certainty for the next several years, but was only passed after years of contentious delays.

As a nation with a history of national leadership on transportation - from canals to railroads to interstates to mass transit - we must be focused on investment, innovation and results if we are to regain our competitive edge.

President Trump has proposed an infrastructure package, but it has floundered in Congress. This is a good thing, because the proposal has many misguided components. Furthermore, we monitor year-to-year appropriations bills, where the Trump Administration has proposed deep cuts to transit programs. Fortunately, Congress has largely rejected these cuts.

What you can do

  • For the latest news, sign up for updates from our national partner, Transportation for America. T4A is a national coalition that combines national, state and local perspectives and expertise to advance a robust transportation agenda.
  • Recognizing that states such as Massachusetts are laboratories of innovation, Transportation for America has a robust State Advocacy Network that includes members from all across the United States.
  • Check out the T4A Maps & Tools page for reports on innovative practices, performance measurement, bridge safety and much more.
  • Complete Streets are gaining ground in Massachusetts.  The National Complete Streets Coalition has great resources on promoting roads that work for everyone.

  • Read MassBudget’s report on how federal transportation spending affects Massachusetts.
  • If you're interested in federal issues, make sure we know about it at our signup page.

Let's work together to use national, state and local resources to modernize transportation in Massachusetts!

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