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Rep. Capuano, Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry Secure Additional Urban Ring Funding

October 6, 2000 -- Rep. Michael Capuano, Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator John Kerry announced that an additional $1 million has been secured to continue the Urban Ring draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The funding was included in the FY 2001 Transportation Appropriations Conference Report, which passed today in both the House and Senate.

The Urban Ring would connect much of Greater Boston's existing transportation system, greatly reducing the need for transfers and increasing travel options for commuters. Many public transportation users must transfer at some point to reach their destination, which increases travel time and system congestion.

"I have been a staunch advocate of the Urban Ring since I was the Mayor of Somerville. This is a critical transportation link for Greater Boston residents that will increase travel options for commuters, provide greater access to employment opportunities and greatly improve our overall public transportation system", stated Rep. Mike Capuano.

"I'm delighted we were able to obtain funds for this important initiative to help our communities adjust to new commuting patterns in the Greater Boston Region. Streamlining our transportation network is essential to reduce the stress on families and neighborhoods and keep our economy thriving," stated Senator Kennedy.

"This environmental impact study will help in developing an easier, more efficient travel route between presently underserved areas surrounding Boston. I am grateful for the assistance of Congressman Capuano and Senator Kennedy in obtaining funding for this study," stated Senator Kerry.