Healey – Driscoll Administration Delivers More Than $13 Million in Fair Share Funds for Transportation Improvements

BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll administration announced today that it is delivering more than $13 million for 14 projects to support local transportation infrastructure and other needs. The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment and are matching funds for projects and initiatives eligible for federal discretionary grants offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
These matching funds are part of a total of $476.5 million in Fair Share dollars made available for transportation investment in the FY24 Massachusetts Budget.
“When we empower city and town leaders to address their unique infrastructure needs, we are helping them achieve a better quality of life for their residents,” said Governor Maura Healey. “We’re proud to partner with the Legislature to dedicate Fair Share funding to critical initiatives like these, which will help make our state’s transportation network safer and more robust – and our municipalities more interconnected.” 

“The communities selected for these Fair Share awards have shown that they know how to put infrastructure money to good use,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “We look forward to seeing the improvements they will deliver for their residents with this funding.
“Local leaders are knowledgeable and proactive when it comes to improving the transportation infrastructure their constituents rely on, and I want to congratulate the winners from this round of Fair Share funding,” said Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “We look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition to improve transit, create safer streets and expand transportation options.”
“The revenue from Fair Share funding is reserved for projects that can truly enhance the quality of the transportation and education systems that our communities rely on for a better future,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Matthew J. Gorzkowicz. “These award recipients have demonstrated the potential for their transportation projects to make a difference for users and we are proud to play our part.” 
Among the projects receiving these Fair Share funds are:

Lynnway Multimodal Corridor, in Lynn: $6,750,000 for multimodal and safety enhancements.
Inland Route, along various municipalities in central Massachusetts: $3,000,000 to support track, signal, grade crossing and bridge improvements. 
Springfield Area Track Reconfiguration, in Springfield: $1,750,000 for preliminary work for track, signal, and infrastructure improvements around Springfield Union Station. 
Demonstration Grant, for Brockton: $47,120 for the planning and implementation of a systemic safety pilot at three intersections.
A number of regional planning agencies are also receiving Fair Share funds for safety action plans. These plans will cover multiple regions throughout Massachusetts, including:
Greater Boston: $540,109 
Hampden and Hampshire Counties: $250,000
Southeastern Massachusetts, including Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton: $220,000
North Central Massachusetts, including Leominster: $187,500
Worcester County: $120,000
Franklin County, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket: $115,000
Northeast Massachusetts, including Lowell: $93,808
Southeastern Massachusetts, including Brockton: $80,000 
Cape Cod: $60,000
Berkshire County: $49,649 

Safety action plans use a data-based approach to improve roadway safety for all users.  
The $476.5 million of Fair Share funds included in the FY24 budget supports a variety of projects and initiatives in addition to matches for federal discretionary grants awards. Fair Share line items fund bridge construction, preservation, and repair and supplemental aid for municipalities for local roads and bridges. For transit, Fair Share funds support MBTA capital investments, the exploration of means-tested fares for the MBTA, operating assistance for ferry service, and regional transit authority improvements.