House OKs funds for Canton T station improvementsBy Canton Citizen
State Representative William C. Galvin (D-Canton) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing legislation that provides funding for necessary improvements to the state’s transportation system, including repairs to both of Canton’s MBTA stations.
This legislation includes $300,000 for improvements to the Canton Center station and an additional $500,000 to improve access and safety to the Canton Junction commuter rail station.
“This bill is essentially about public safety in ensuring that our infrastructure is in good condition,” Galvin said. “I am pleased that this money will help improve the safety and access to our town’s commuter rail stations.”
This bill also provides $200 million in chapter 90 funding and $325 million for non-federally assisted construction projects, including general highway maintenance, emergency bridge repairs, guardrail repairs, catch basin cleaning, and line painting.
Support for public transportation is also included in this legislation. This bill provides $11 million in capital assistance to the regional transit authorities and $300 million for improvements for rail transport. The bill also creates a Department of Transportation board of directors, a seven-member panel appointed by the governor that shall exercise the MBTA’s corporate powers and oversee transportation projects statewide.
The bill will now go before the Senate and the governor for approval.
Submitted by the office of Rep. William Galvin
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