MassDOT Commits $50m to Complete Streets in Major Capital Plan; Seeks Input on Funding Priorities

In a major victory for MPHA and allies, MassDOT has committed $50 million for the Complete Streets Funding Program to support municipalities to make streets safer and more accessible for transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The funding is in MAssDOT’S draft $14 billion plan for capital investments in our state’s transportation system over the next five years. This is an integrated plan that includes investments all regions and all modes, from roads and bridges to public transit and bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

The plan also provides for capital investments in the state’s Regional Transit Authorities, which provide bus service to communities outside of greater Boston. We are pleased that for the first time, the plan uses a set of project selection criteria that evaluate proposed projects’ contributions to goals like health, environmental, and equity (click here to read an OpEd from MPHA and the Conservation Law Foundation about this process) – though we hope MassDOT will be more transparent in the future about how these criteria impact funding proposals.

MassDOT has set up a 15 meetings across the state for you to share your ideas about this proposal and how it impacts your community. Please attend and make sure they hear your priorities! If you can’t go in person, please send an email no later than May 13. To learn more, you can read the plan here and see the response from Transportation for Massachusetts, here.

The plan represents spending priorities within current funding constraints, which means that many transformative projects that could advance mobility, opportunity, and equity are not included –– from fixing the MBTA to expanding RTA service. This is why it is so important to MPHA to support the Fair Share Constitutional Amendment which will raise new revenue for transportation.