Transportation deal reached by House and Senate

BOSTON (WWLP) – A $13-billion transportation borrowing deal has been reached by House and Senate negotiators, and millions could be funneled to western parts of the state.

The $13-billion to repair the state’s damaged roads and bridges will come from bonds purchased by private investors that are backed by the Commonwealth.

State House and Senate negotiators also agreed on authorizing a $300-million one-year deal to repair local roads beginning in July.

If the bill is passed by both branches, rail could be on the move again in Western Massachusetts.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Senate Majority Leader, told 22News, “We’ve got money to add to federal and other regional money to improve passenger rail going from Connecticut through Springfield, up north into Vermont up to Canada.”

Now, it’s up to the Massachusetts House and Senate to either accept or reject the bill. Senator Rosenberg is confident the bill will be on the Governor’s desk by the end of the week.

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