Statement on the Transportation Reauthorization Bill Report

Massachusetts State House
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June 29th, 2012
Transportation for Massachusetts acknowledges the work that the congressional conference committee put into reaching a multi-year transportation reauthorization bill that does not include drastic spending cuts.

Unfortunately, we believe the bill is a lost opportunity to start the creation of a national 21st century transportation network and a step backwards at this crucial time. The bill does not advance a broader view of transportation policy that includes the elements Transportation for Massachusetts and our coalition members are working toward in Massachusetts such as better environmental oversight, support for creating safe streets for all, and resources for options like biking and walking.

We are grateful for the work of the entire Massachusetts delegation and applaud their efforts to make the bill stronger and more closely aligned with Transportation for Massachusetts’ priorities. However, we are disappointed that their efforts were not realized in the final bill. We look forward to continuing to work with them on these important issues.

This transportation reauthorization bill shows that it is now more important than ever for Massachusetts to put in place permanent, sustainable funding measures that will allow us to create a comprehensive transportation network with affordable, safe, and convenient options for all residents of the state.

Kristina Egan
Transportation for Massachusetts Director