State Officials: Pandemic Does Not Slow Transportation Projects
The commonwealth is not pausing public works projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If anything, it is picking up the pace, officials indicated on Wednesday.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people might think the T would not be able to do as much in fiscal year 20, which ends at the end of June," Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said. "In fact, the MBTA expects to exceed its spending goal of $1.4 billion this fiscal year, which would represent a massive increase over fiscal 2019 and more than doubling the amount invested in maintenance and modernization from less than five years ago."
Most of Wednesday's daily press availability for the governor focused on the T system and other public transportation issues in metro Boston, but Pollack said that the commonwealth's ramped up public works extend beyond Interstate 495.
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