This week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its version of the Transportation Bond Bill and included $50 million for the Active Streets Certification Program!
MAPC has been working continuously with our partners at MPHA, T4MA, MassBike, WalkBoston, Livable Streets, and the Act FRESH Campaign, our allies in the State House, and municipal leaders to advance this important program. This authorization would fund the program for five years and enable cities and towns across the Commonwealth to make it easier and safer for all residents using all modes of transportation.
The program was included in the larger Transportation Bond Bill, a five-year, $12.7 billion authorization. The bill passed unanimously in the House, and will now move to the Senate for consideration.
We want to thank all of our allies and supporters, especially the municipal leaders who have signed on to our support letter and our lead sponsor in the House, Representative Jason Lewis. We also want to thank Speaker Robert DeLeo, House Bonding Chairman Antonio Cabral, Transportation Chairman William Straus, and House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey for their recognition of including this important program in this bond bill.
Check out our previous blog post about our testimony on Beacon Hill for this legislation, and for lots more links about active streets in general.