Massachusetts House, Senate pass $12.7 billion transportation bond bill

Massachusetts could soon see billions of dollars worth of transportation projects across the state.

The state’s House and Senate have passed a $12.7 billion transportation bond bill that would authorize spending for many projects, including high-profile highway and rail projects, the Herald News reports.

The bill includes earmarks such as $100,000 for intersection improvements at Tronic Square in Worcester and $100 million for improvement to the South Coast Rail corridor. The bill sets aside $2.3 billion total for the corridor.

Other items authorized in the bill include:

  • $325 to improve South Station in Boston

  • $1.3 billion to extend MBTA’s Green Line to Medford

  • $2.5 billion for new Red Line and Orange Line trains

  • $300 million to improve local roads

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The bill also doubles fare evasion fines on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), as well as dozens of small transportation projects.

The next step in the bill becoming law is for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to sign off on it, which could happen as early as Thursday.