A Better City Applauds Commonwealth’s Application for “MEGA grant” Funding in Support of I-90 Allston Multimodal Project

 

Prepared by Rick Dimino, President & CEO 

 
Today’s announcement that the Commonwealth will be applying for a federal infrastructure grant in support of the I-90 Allston Multimodal project is another welcomed sign that Massachusetts is ready to move on shovel-worthy, transformative projects. By advancing the All At-Grade design through this process, the Bay State is poised to enhance mobility options, further environmental justice, and improve the economic competitiveness of our region while also upgrading the western gateway to our capital city.
 
A Better City applauds this fantastic news that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars–potentially even one billion dollars–in federal infrastructure funds to advance this critically important project that will deliver quality of life improvements for this region’s people. We are thankful for the leadership of Governor Baker, Secretary Tesler, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Scott Bosworth, David Mohler and the entire MassDOT team in pursing this federal infrastructure grants and realizing the potential of the I-90 Allston Multimodal project.
 
Equally important to merits of the project, is the broad coalition of support from the City of Boston and Mayor Wu, the City of Cambridge, our State House delegation led by Representative Mike Moran, business leaders, community activists, and elected officials at all levels of government. The ongoing partnership of these groups and the shared vision of the multi-modal design plans will help transform this area and bring transportation, environmental, and economic benefits that last for generations.
 
The application to the “Mega grant” program means Massachusetts will be competing against different infrastructure projects throughout the nation. However, the I-90 Allston Multimodal project is a compelling and competitive candidate because it fulfills all of the federal Department of Transportation’s goals and can become a signature accomplishment of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This project will improve the railways, highway, and replace the structurally-deficient elevated viaduct to create a safe, vibrant, multimodal network that works for drivers, bicycles and pedestrians, the surrounding neighborhood, and commuters all throughout the corridor from Boston to Worcester.

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