"Whether it’s good roads, reliable commuter rail, frequent bus or subway service, a nearby airport or a convenient ferry, transportation is about more than moving from Point A to Point B. It’s about quality of life, about our economic opportunity and growth. It’s about opportunity."
- Governor Deval Patrick, "Choosing to Compete" Summit, March 2013
The Patrick Administration invests in infrastructure projects in all corners of the state to create jobs and build a stronger Commonwealth for the next generation. In 2011 alone, Massachusetts invested nearly a billion dollars in road and bridge projects to fund 450 projects across the state. Through MassWorks Infrastructure Grant program , communities across the state have been awarded $61 million to invest in local infrastructure projects and spur economic development. And we have invested $70 million to leverage public and private resources to expand high-speed Internet access to improve education, strengthen public safety and better allow cities and towns to compete in the global economy.
The 2012 Transportation Bond Bill provides $1.5 billion in state and federal funds for road, rail and bridges programs across the state. The historic $3 billion The MassDOT Accelerated Bridge Program has greatly reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges in the state system, while creating thousands of construction jobs on bridge projects.