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Massachusetts governor renews MBTA investment

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month refiled a $74.2 million supplemental budget bill to address critical funding needs, including $18 million to support Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) infrastructure and safety investments.

The investment would support additional staff, contractors and other resources necessary to expedite the completion of MBTA’s critical capital projects; enable proactive system inspections to detect and address safety and reliability issues before they impact rail service; and implement enhanced maintenance procedures, according to a press release issued by Baker’s office. 

The $18 million would be combined with $32 million that was previously authorized in a fiscal-year 2019 final supplemental spending bill to allow a total of $50 million to support the MBTA investments.

“The commonwealth is expected to have sufficient revenues to finance these appropriations and measures in fiscal-year 2020,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan.