Boston - Today, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board approved its $14.8 billion 5-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP).
The FY2017-FY2021 CIP funds capital improvements and infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges and MBTA projects across the Commonwealth as part of the agency’s efforts to restore reliability to the state’s transportation systems and modernize its assets.
This CIP marks the first time MassDOT and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) have worked together to create a comprehensive plan to improve its infrastructure.
“These important investments are one of many steps the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and MBTA are taking to improve the dependability of our core transit system and provide riders with a more reliable and efficient service,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These capital dollars will allow for much-needed upgrades at the T, including signals, track and switches, as well as our roads, bridges and other infrastructure.”
Approximately 59 percent of the plan’s funding will be spent on improving reliability in the core transportation systems. Another 18 percent will fund projects to modernize existing infrastructure to accommodate anticipated growth, increased accessibility and new safety standards.
“The final Capital Investment Plan represents a transformative, strategic investment plan to restore reliability to the Commonwealth’s transportation systems, modernize infrastructure and expansion,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack. “ I would like to thank all of the MassDOT staff and MBTA staff that worked for months to create this plan, as well as individuals who participated in public meetings and issued their feedback on the plan. Your comments were invaluable to the creation of this Capital Investment Plan.”
· $1 billion ($200 million each year for 5 years) of Chapter 90 roadway repair and maintenance funding.
· $476 million over 5 years for non-interstate paving, an 80 percent increase over previous funding levels.
· Overall, the plan would cut the T’s State of Good Repair backlog from $7.3 billion to $3.5 billion over the five-year period. The CIP appropriates $4 billion to repair and rehabilitate aging MBTA infrastructure, including $1 billion for signals and power improvements, $1.6 billion for new buses and train cars for the Red, Orange and Green Lines.
· $1.1 billion for the Green Line Extension project.
For the first time, MassDOT used a formal evaluation system to choose which projects to invest in based on their priorities to assure capital dollars are funding beneficial and cost-effective projects.
Public input went into preparation of the final CIP: 900 individuals attended 16 Capital Conversations and MassDOT held 15 public meetings. In addition, MassDOT received from the public 1,725 comments via email and letters providing input on proposed plans.