Rep. Connolly recognizes that transportation touches the lives of practically every constituent of the 26th Middlesex District.
Access to fully funded public transportation is key in remedying inequality and increases education and health outcomes. As an avid cyclist, Rep Connolly advocated for a shift in thinking toward multimodal transportation planning and funding. In his first term in office, Rep. Connolly has been proud to work with colleagues to advocate for the successful resurrection of the Green Line Extension project, including the Somerville Community Path. We should move toward reduced fare and free public transit starting with students, seniors, and persons with disabilities.
Rep. Connolly is proud to work closely with local partners Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, and statewide organizations T4MA and InvesTNow.
In his first term, Rep. Connolly has proudly:
- Filed H.3543 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts infrastructure bank to set up public financing for infrastructure projects
- Voted to advance the fair share constitutional amendment to the ballot which would raise 1B for transportation annually
- Secured funding in the FY19 budget for improvements to the Kensington Underpass in East Somerville
- Co-sponsored H.2877 - An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities to increase bicycle safety
- Co-sponsored H.1828 - An Act to explore alternative funding sources to ensure safe and reliable transportation to explore alternatives to the gas tax to fund transportation once motorists transition to electric vehicles
- Co-sponsored H.1640 - An Act relative to regional transportation ballot initiatives to allow regional revenue raising ballot initiatives to finance regional transportation projects
- Co-sponsored H.3431- An Act establishing the commuter rail patrons’ bill of rights to establish a commuter rail rider’s bill of rights
Where Rep. Connolly is talking about this:
- Bid of $1.1B for Green Line Extension allows for more amenities at seven stations, Cambridge Day, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
- The treacherous, twisting path to bettering Bay State transit infrastructure, MWPI, Dec. 12, 2016.