Late last night, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to approve a new Active Streets Certification Program funded at $50 million over the next five years! The action comes after a year of intensive advocacy and organizing by MPHA, the Act FRESH Campaign, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Transportation for Massachusetts and many allies. This would not have been possible without your strong and sustained advocacy over the last twelve months – rallying at the State House, contacting your elected officials, recruiting new supporters, testifying at hearings, and publishing Op-Eds and letters to the editor.
We thank Speaker Robert DeLeo, House Transportation Chairman William Straus, House Bonding Chairman Tony Cabral, and Representative Jason Lewis, the lead sponsor of the measure in the House, for their support.
This program will make it safer and easier to walk, bike, and use public transit across the Commonwealth. The expansion of active streets – also known as complete streets – will provide health benefits, advance health equity, and provide economic and environmental benefits to communities large and small across the state.
The Active Streets Certification Program was included as part of the larger Transportation Bond Bill that was approved 151-0 in the House late Wednesday night.
In November, mayors, town managers, and officials from 28 communities joined the call to action with a letter to legislative leaders.
This is an essential first step toward victory, but the effort is far from over. The Transportation Bond Bill moves on now to the Senate for consideration, and we will need your support in the coming weeks to make the case to the members of the Senate. Stay tuned to learn more and get involved in the weeks ahead!
To learn more about this campaign and the benefits of Complete Streets, click here. You can also follow developments on Twitter at #ActiveSts.