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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3119         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3284

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to transportation investment, regional fairness, and accountability to state policies.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3119        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3284

By Representatives Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield and Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3284) of Tricia Farley-Bouvier and others for legislation to improve the transportation system in the Commonwealth to encourage economic stability and growth through job retention and development.  Transportation. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to transportation investment, regional fairness, and accountability to state policies.
 

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for reforms and improvements to the commonwealth's transportation system, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  This bill is intended to guide investment to build a more financially stable, safer, and modern, transportation system across the entire commonwealth that is consistent with state public policies concerning economic health and development, the environment, and social and regional equity. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation shall foster a better transportation system that will encourage economic stability and growth through job retention and development; promote fairness and social and regional equity; increase transportation choice; improve the health of Massachusetts residents; protect low-income public transportation riders and drivers; and reduce energy consumption, congestion, dependence on oil, and greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 6C of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 8 the following section:

              Section 8A. The secretary of transportation shall eliminate the payment of operational costs including, but not limited to, rents, salaries, and other personnel or personnel-related costs from capital funds or the capital budget and prohibit any borrowing for operating expenses within one year of the passage of this act in order to ensure that the general obligation bonding capacity of the commonwealth is directed to high priority transportation infrastructure projects.

              SECTION 3. Section 34 of said chapter 6C, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:

              Prior to the final approval of a transportation infrastructure project, including mass transit expansion or the construction of projects such as new roadways, additional road lanes, fly-overs, and highway interchanges, with a projected capital cost of more than $15,000,000 in state funds, and prior to expending any funds for the planning, design and construction of any such project, the secretary of transportation shall request that the administrator of the appropriate division of the department of transportation prepare an analysis demonstrating the project’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions; seniors, people with disabilities, low-income residents, and people of color, including health, social, economic and displacement consequences; economic stability through job retention and development potential, including the economic development potential for gateway municipalities as defined in section 3A of chapter 23A and those in state-designated environmental justice neighborhoods or communities as defined by the executive office of energy and environmental affairs environmental justice policy; travel times, pedestrian and bicycle access; and annual cost of operation. The analysis must demonstrate that the project is consistent with the goals, and implementation plan where applicable, of the commonwealth’s commitments to attaining a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below statewide 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050 (found in Chapter 21N); achieving positive public health outcomes through coordination of land use, transportation and public health policy (found in section 33 of chapter 6C); tripling the number of trips made by bicycling, walking or public transportation (found in the mode shift goal of the GreenDOT policy directive dated June 2, 2010, P-10-002), the multimodal accommodation and complete streets goals and requirements (found in the Massachusetts Highway Project Development and Design Guidebook dated January 2006), the environmental justice policy created by the executive office of energy and environmental affairs, and maintaining and enhancing its existing public transportation system. The secretary of transportation shall develop a methodology for this analysis within one year of passage of this act. This analysis shall be submitted to any transportation agency or body that may consider the project for selection or approval, to any advisory boards to the respective divisions of the department of transportation, and be made available to the public. Any transportation agency or body considering such a transportation project for selection or approval shall review the analysis prior to making a decision and must consider the following as selection criteria in its project selection process: greenhouse gas emissions; impacts on seniors, people with disabilities, low-income residents, and people of color, including health, social, economic and displacement consequences; economic development potential, including the economic development potential for gateway municipalities as defined in section 3A of chapter 23A and those in state-designated environmental justice neighborhoods or communities as defined by the executive office of energy and environmental affairs environmental justice policy; impact on pedestrian and bicycle access; and cost of operation.

              In addition to the analysis described herein, these criteria and others as determined necessary by MassDOT will be set forth as project selection criteria within two years of the passage of this legislation.

              SECTION 4: Said chapter 6C is hereby further amended by inserting after section 34 the following section:

              Section 34A. The secretary of transportation shall be mandated with all powers, authority and resources to ensure that the share of travel in the commonwealth by bicycling, transit, and walking is tripled across the state by January 1, 2030 with programs implemented in every region. To this end, the secretary of transportation shall, within a year of the passage of this legislation, develop a baseline of the amount of current travel by bicycling, transit, and walking in the commonwealth and a clear and accurate way to measure annual progress. Annual progress reports shall be submitted to the joint committee on transportation and made available to the public and shall identify ways to invest in the existing public transportation system and in environmental justice neighborhoods as defined in the executive office of energy and environmental affairs.

              SECTION 5: Said chapter 6C is hereby further amended by inserting after section 50 the following section:

              Section 50A. The secretary of transportation shall ensure that an equitable portion of any new revenue raised for or dedicated to transportation will be spent in or for the direct benefit of each of the 13 regional planning areas delineated in section 3 of chapter 40B based on relevant factors including a combination of current population size and jobs, as reflected by total payroll amounts. The amount will be evaluated every five years and shortfalls will be corrected and adjusted by the end of the following fiscal year.

              The secretary shall ensure that a sufficient portion of any new revenue raised for or dedicated to transportation will be spent in or for the direct benefit of transportation maintenance, based on relevant factors including a combination of public safety and use. The amount will be evaluated every five years and shortfalls will be corrected and adjusted by the end of the following fiscal year.

              In addition to equitable funding to regional planning areas outlined above, the secretary of transportation shall also develop a program that provides gateway municipalities as defined in section 3A of chapter 23A and environmental justice neighborhoods or communities as defined by the executive office of energy and environmental affairs environmental justice policy with sufficient funding for the planning or design of transportation projects potentially eligible for federal transportation dollars; healthy transportation investments such as bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation projects; complete streets projects; or projects that create increased transit-oriented development opportunities with affordable housing. 

              The secretary of transportation may, subject to appropriation, commit funds pursuant to this section to projects to be undertaken by the department or by executing a grant or other contractual agreement with a municipality or regional transit authority organized under chapter 161B, or to subgrantees of a municipality, or directly to regional transit authorities.

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