Two state representatives for Arlington have helped secure significant funding for transportation, economic development and a supplemental budget.
David Rogers (D-Cambridge), representing Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge, and Sean Garballey (D- Arlington) cast votes as the Legislature passed bills aiming to benefit their communities.
Under the transportation bond bill), An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investments, Rogers and Garballey were able to secure:
- $500,000 to implement neighborhood traffic-calming measures in Arlington;
- $300,000 for the planning, study, design and capital costs to implement a bus rapid transit pilot;
- $7 million for a roadway redesign from Mass. Ave. and Pond Street to intersection with Bartlett;
- $8 million for construction of a parking facility at Arlington Center and Russell Common;
- $75,000 for implementation of already designed pedestrian-safety improvements for the Lowell Street as well as the Reservoir and its beach; and
- $5 million for maintaining and improving the Minuteman Bike Path, Alewife Linear Park, Fitchburg Cutoff Bike path.
Asked about the $8 million for a parking garage, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine wrote Monday, Aug. 3: "There is no current proposal for a parking garage at the Russell Common Lot, but the concept was studied as part of the work of the Parking Advisory Committee.
"Often, when asked for funding requests for various bond bills, we send our wish list. In this case, Representatives Garballey and Rogers were successful in getting our entire list included in the bill. By having these items included in the bill, we will now have the opportunity to advocate for the governor to authorize the expenditure of funds should any of these projects begin to advance."
In a July 31 news release, Rogers said: "In addition to addressing important larger policy concerns, this legislation — either directly, or through bond authorizations — will bring critical funding back to my district at an uncertain time. Through vigorous advocacy, and acting in concert with local officials and engaged constituents, I am pleased that we were able to secure this state aid which is vital to our communities, now more than ever.”
Rogers also secured funds for projects in Cambridge, which aims to benefit the whole area:
- $6 million to create signal coordination at the intersection of Route 2, Route 16 and Rindge Avenue intersections;
- $4 million to alleviate congestion at the Alewife MBTA Station and on adjoining roadways;
- $1 million was also procured for planning, study, design, construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, repair, climate change adaptation, multimodal access and improvement of transportation infrastructure to rebuild the Alewife Garage to enhance traffic safety and traffic flow.
A bond bill, unlike a direct spending bill, authorizes the governor to fund these projects. Rogers' office is not certain the governor will fund them, but other projects for which Rogers secured bonding authorization, such as the redesign of the rotary at Alewife, have been funded and put into effect.
Transportation called 'vital'
Rogers said: “Transportation is vital to our quality of life, and our economy and has been a central focus of my work as your legislator. Moreover, as we deal with the twin related challenges of increasing traffic congestion and climate change, building a 21st-century public transportation system is crucial to get people out of their cars to cut down on emissions and ease the pressure on crowded streets. We must also ensure that our transportation system is safe and accessible for those who walk, drive, bike or commute on public transportation.”
On Tuesday, July 28, the House passed the bill, H.4887, An Act Enabling Partnerships For Growth. “Representative Garballey and I advocated for a number of improvements to the Arlington businesses in the economic development bill. These improvements will help to make Arlington an even more beautiful town with a vibrant business district across the community,” Rogers said.
In the economic-development bill, Rogers and Garballey secured $56,000 for the Arlington Historical Society for preservations of the Jason Russell House and the Smith Museum. Garballey and Rogers also secured $1 million for the redesign of the Arlington Heights Commercial Corridor, $500,000 for improvements to Arlington Center and Whittemore Park and $500,000 shall be expended for Arlington for a workforce training program.
In the supplemental budget, Rogers and Garballey also helped secure for Arlington Covid-19 response relief. This is state money beyond reimbursement available from the federal government.
In the House bill, Rogers and Garballey obtained $100,000 for Arlington for unanticipated obligations because of the virus. These are direct expenditures and not subject to a bond authorization.
For the state, Rogers and Garballey were also able to secure for all residents:
- $350 million for personal protective equipment costs across the Commonwealth;
- $139 million for increased rate add-ons to congregate care providers;
- $94 million for incentive pay for human service employees;
- $85 million for field hospitals and shelters;
- $44 million for Community Tracing Collaborative;
- $81.6 million for child-care needs during the pandemic and reopening; and
- $500,000 to create an Early Education and Care Public-Private Trust Fund to establish an infrastructure to foster public-private and philanthropic efforts in support of child-care providers.
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This news announcement was published Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Included is comment from the town manager.
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