Last Thursday, the Senate voted in favor of the Active Streets Certification Program and authorized $50 million in funding over the next five years! The measure was passed as part of the broader Transportation Bond Bill, which was approved by the House in January. This represents a major milestone in the campaign that MPHA, the Act FRESH Campaign, and many allies kicked off over a year ago.
Your advocacy made the difference in convincing both the House and the Senate to take action on this issue! Thank you to the many friends and partners who have been involved in this effort intensively over the last year.
The Active Streets Certification 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 program was proposed by Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Jason Lewis.
Please take a minute to thank the leaders in the Senate for their support, including Senate President Therese Murray, Senate Bonding Committee Chairman Brian Joyce, and Senate Transportation Chairman Tom McGee.
In addition, we are grateful to the numerous Senators who actively supported the proposal, including Senators Kenneth Donnelly, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Jamie Eldridge, and Michael Moore.
The Senate and House will now produce a compromise version of the Transportation Bond Bill for final passage and consideration of the governor.
Once the Governor signs the final bill, we will need your continued support to ensure the program is successfully implemented by MassDOT and the full funding allocated.
To learn more about this campaign and the benefits of Complete Streets, click here. You can also follow developments on Twitter at #ActiveSts.