CONTACT: Tim Brennan, PVPC Executive Director, Phone: 1 (413) 781-6045
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2007
Public Comments Sought by Transportation Finance Commission and PVPC
Results of a just-released study by the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission will be presented for public comments at a special meeting Monday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College.
"Transportation Finance in Massachusetts: An Unsustainable System" presents the Commissionís analysis of the Commonwealth's ability to fund needed surface transportation improvements, warning of a funding shortfall of nearly $20 billion over the next 20 years. Commission chair Stephen J. Silveira will be joined by other Commission members to discuss their findings and to seek input on strategies that could close this gap.
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, which is responsible for developing the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), urges public officials, business and civic leaders, and citizens at large to speak out at this meeting so that important transportation improvement projects affecting the Pioneer Valley and western Massachusetts can be advanced. The RTP identifies more than 30 major high-priority projects that are urgently needed and that will require significant public transportation funding to move forward, including improvements to the South End Bridge in Agawam and Springfield; completion of intermodal centers in Holyoke, Springfield, and Westfield; reconstruction of Damon Road in Northampton; launch of commuter rail service initially linking New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield; reconstruction of Route 5 in Holyoke and West Springfield; construction of Intelligent Transportation System facilities in the Route I-91 corridor; and replacement of antiquated buses in the PVTA transit fleet. The full text of PVPCís RTP is available online at www.pvpc.org.
The Transportation Finance Commission was created as an independent body to examine and evaluate the financial health of the state's transportation agencies and authorities and to make recommendations based on their findings. Visit www.eot.state.ma.us for more information about the Transportation Finance Commission, to view the study, and to submit comments online.