A $12.7 billion bond bill passed in the Massachustes House and Senate April 17.  A conference committee made up of six legislative negotiators finalized the plan prior to the vote.  Some of the proposed transportation projects include a $2.3 billion commuter rail expansion project, $300 million for local road improvement projects, and $100 million for Chapter 90 municipal roads.

House Speaker Robert Deleo (D) recently explained in a statement that “the funding in this bill builds upon last year’s transportation finance legislation which is resulting in sustainable, lasting changes and provides cities and towns with the funds they so rightly deserve.”  The bill now awaits Governor Deval Patrick’s (D) signature.