Massachusetts Legislature passes $375M Transportation Infrastructure Bond Bill

BOSTON – Woburn will receive $1,256,310.83 in Chapter 90 state funding for local roadways and sidewalk upgrades in the Fiscal Year 2025 as part of a $375 million transportation infrastructure bond bill that was recently approved by the House and Senate. House Bill 4529, ‘An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges’, was enacted in the House on April 24 and in the Senate on April 25.

“Maintaining safe and dependable roads and sidewalks in our community is critically important, which makes this Chapter 90 investment in our local transportation infrastructure so vital,” said Representative Haggerty. “I’m proud to have supported and helped secure this crucial funding measure alongside my colleagues. This funding will deliver vital resources to address local transportation needs like road paving, sidewalk improvements, and related projects in Woburn as well as throughout the Commonwealth.”

The bill includes a total of $375 million in bond authorization. The Chapter 90 allocation is part of a $200 million statewide appropriation for the annual state-funded road and bridge program included in House Bill 4529. The bond bill also contains $25 million in road assistance targeted specifically for rural communities and authorizes an additional $150 million in funding for six transportation-related municipal grant programs.

Established in 1973, the Chapter 90 program allocates funding annually to all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, utilizing a formula that calculates the weighted average of a community’s local road mileage (58.33%), population (20.83%) and employment (20.83%). Communities can use this funding to pay for a variety of construction, preservation, and improvement projects, including installing sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and crossing signals. Funding is provided on a reimbursable basis, with cities and towns required to finish the work in advance before being compensated by the state for eligible costs.

Of the $375 million in total authorizations, the legislation would allocate $25 million to each of the following programs that target specific infrastructure areas:

  • Municipal Pavement Program, which focuses on the improvement of municipally owned state numbered routes;
  • Municipal Small Bridge Program, which provides financial support to cities and towns for small bridge replacement, preservation, and rehabilitation projects;
  • Complete Streets Funding Program, which provides technical assistance and construction funding to municipalities for streets that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes such as walking, biking, transit, and vehicles;
  • Municipal Bus Enhancement Program, which provides grant funding to towns to build out infrastructure related to mass transit by bus, such as bus shelters, curb reconfiguration, bus lanes, and signal prioritization;
  • Mass Transit Access Grant Program, which provides grants to municipalities for design and construction for improvements to access commuter rail stations or other mass transit stations, such as parking lots, drop-off and pick-up zones, bike storage infrastructure, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and
  • Municipal/RTA EV Grant Program, which provides grants to Regional Transit Authorities and municipalities for the purchase of electric vehicles and related charging equipment.

Having passed the House and Senate, the bill will now be sent to the Governor’s desk for her review and signature.