"The federal funds awarded today will help improve our transportation infrastructure both in the Fifth District and in Massachusetts," said Rep. Niki Tsongas. "These types of rail projects create jobs, decrease commute times and promote economic development which is why I will continue to advocate for these types of investments in our communities."
"Strengthening Americans' access to mass transit and railways has been a top priority of the Obama Administration, and one that I thoroughly support," said Rep. Keating. "Our country's aging infrastructure needs modernization - perhaps nowhere more than in the New England Corridor, which is a heavily traveled region. An added bonus is that high speed trains have the potential to be more fuel-efficient and environmentally sound than congested interstates and highways full of commuters in their cars. I applaud the US Department of Transportation's decision to redirect these funds to essential rail projects throughout New England. Residents from all corners of Massachusetts will directly benefit from track improvements, increased speeds and rail additions. This is a huge win for the Commonwealth."
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