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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) earlier this week released the draft of its state transportation improvement program for federal fiscal years 2017-2021.The five-year investment program prioritizes federal and non-federal funds for improvements to the state's roadways, bridges, transit systems and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, MassDOT officials said in a blog post. The plan details nearly $5.3 billion worth of transportation projects throughout the state, including $1.6 billion over five years for the design and acquisition of new vehicles for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Red, Orange and Green subway lines.More than $1 billion is set aside for track, signal and power projects on the three lines and MBTA's commuter-rail system. The program was developed through the state's metropolitan planning process, which includes input from individuals, public agencies and state and federal partners, MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Pollack wrote in the plan document.MassDOT will receive public comment on the proposed plan until Aug. 8.
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