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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Sumner 隧道訂6月起暫封 麻州參議員 Lydia Edwards 爭取百萬元經費擴充船運

Sen. Lydia Edwards secures $1 Million for Regional Mitigation Ferry

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Senator fulfills her promise to invest in water-based transportation after the Senate approves a $1 million regional ferry. 

MASSACHUSETTS – Spearheaded by Senator Lydia Edwards the Massachusetts State Senate passed a $1 million amendment for the operation of a water ferry connecting Winthrop, Lynn, Quincy, East Boston and the North End. This ferry will mitigate transportation as the 88-year-old Sumner Tunnel that runs a mile under the Boston Harbor is being renovated starting June 10. 

 “I was proud to work with my colleagues in the legislature to secure the funds for the necessary mitigation. The closing of the Sumner Tunnel impacts the entire region. The funds will be used to subsidize and expand ferry service within the MBTA ”

 This funding will be used next year when Sumner Tunnel is shut down for several months. Currently the Sumner Tunnel is one of three main arteries into Boston from the North Shore. The other two include the Ted Williams and the Tobin Bridge.

 “The people of Winthrop will be dramatically affected by the Sumner Tunnel renovation project.  For this reason, Senator Edwards and I have worked hard in this budget process to make $1,000,000.00 available to cover the cost of both a more regional, expanded and sustainable scope of the Winthrop Ferry," said Rep. Jeffrey Turco. 

 “I applaud Senator Edwards for her work on this important amendment that would provide much relief for our constituents who will be impacted by the Sumner Tunnel closures,”  said Sen. Brendan Crighton. “With traffic already at pre pandemic levels, we must do more to invest in our water transportation system and this amendment is a big step in the right direction. “  

 “Though we may travel through different parts of our state, Massachusetts residents all share the common experience known as the commute. As we strive toward making this experience as convenient as possible for everyone, we have to be open to new solutions like additional ferry service," said Sen. John F. Keenan.

 Sen. Edwards has also secured $50,000 for the Friends of Belle Isle to continue their preservation program’s at the marsh. Salt marshes like Belle Isle offer various environmental and economic benefits, as our region is increasingly threatened by a rising sea level & temperatures. 

 Additionally, Edwards secured:  $50,000 to combat substance abuse and homlesness in Revere, $75,000 for Revere’s Sand Sculpting Festival’s public safety support, $10,000 for Revere police department’s community outreach and programming,  $30,000 for CASA, a youth  organization in Winthrop, $50,000 for  STEAM and youth guidance programing at East Boston High School, $20,000 for Pine St. Inn’s for safe housing for women with mental health issues and $35,000 for Cambridge non profits including NAACP- Cambridge, HEART, Popportunity, and Cambridge Housing Authority's The Workforce training program.

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