262Transportation Bond Bill Funding for Mystic Crossing and others
- Aug 13, 2004
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133
JARRETT T. BARRIOS COMMITTEES:
STATE SENATOR Public Safety (Chair)
Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex District Health Care (Vice Chair)
For Immediate Release: Please contact:
August 6, 2004 Colin Durrant, 617-722-1650
BARRIOS SCORES BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN VICTORIES
Expresses disappointment in loss of funding for Green Line Extension
(State House, Boston) Communities close to Boston will see better access to bicycle and pedestrian paths under a series of victories achieved by Senator Jarrett T. Barrios in the Legislature’s Transportation Bond Bill. Barrios worked with community groups to gain funding for the Bike to the Sea bike trail from Everett to Lynn, a bike crossing over the Mystic River connecting Somerville and Everett and to remove a significant roadblock to the creation of new bike trails.
“Bike and pedestrian trails help connect communities and provide fun and healthy recreation for the whole family,” said Senator Barrios. “We’ve paved the way for new projects by eliminating liability questions and funding key projects that will serve urban communities close to Boston.”
Among the highlights of Barrios’ efforts is funding for the proposed 9 mile scenic trail that will wind its way from the Malden River, through Everett, Malden and Saugus to Revere Beach and Lynn. The path will be built on an abandoned MBTA railroad line. Barrios also pushed for a provision that would limit the liability of the MBTA when it allows abandoned railroad lines to become recreational paths. The lack of a liability provision in state law had been holding up the construction of many projects, including Bike to the Sea and the extension of the Somerville Community Path.
“Funding for the Bike to Sea project and the MBTA limited liability provision is a huge victory for people north of Boston that desperately need more recreational opportunities,” said Steve Winslow, founder of Bike to the Sea. “This multi-use path will be one of the most scenic and popular paths in the state.”
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Barrios also secured money for the Mystic Crossing bike and pedestrian path over the Amelia Earhart Dam on the Mystic River. Mystic Crossing will connect Somerville to Everett by the construction of a crossing similar to that on the Charles River Dam in Charlestown. The project is supported by both Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Everett Mayor David Ragucci.
Despite the victories, Senator Barrios expressed disappointment that funding for the Green Line Extension was ultimately dropped from the final Transportation Bond Bill. “As disappointed as I was that funding for the Green Line Extension was dropped, the fact remains that the Commonwealth will have to come up with a way pay for the project because it’s a legal obligation,” said Senator Barrios.
After being approved by the both the House and Senate last week, the Transportation Bond Bill is now on the Governor’s desk for his approval.
###Officer Patrick JohnstonEverett Police Marine Division617-905-3747
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