State transportation plan includes millions for Cape Cod projects
January 14, 2013 (HYANNIS) _ Governor Deval Patrick is releasing his 21st century transporation plan that includes a $5.9 million increase for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.
That money would be used for median construction on Route 6 in Bourne – resurfacing Route 6-A in Brewster and implementing passenger rail service from Boston to Hyannis.
State transportation officials say the money would ensure transportation equity, create jobs and expand economic opportunity.
The plan released Monday would provide $20.8 million for seasonal rail service on weekends between Boston and Hyannis.
Upgrades would be made on rail, grade crossings, bridges and station accessibility.
Other projects across the state include and extension of the Green Line, expansion of South Station and rail service between Springfield and Boston.
To pay for the projects – the Patrick administration says various “revenue options” need to be considered.
Those include an increase in the gas tax, payroll tax, sales tax or income tax. Other possibilities include a new green fee on vehicle registrations, a vehicle miles traveled tax and increased and new tolls.