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Transportation overhaul bill

Transportation overhaul bill

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Full text of a plan to overhaul transportation in Massachusetts, including eliminating the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and cutting benefits for MBTA employees. (as proposed on 6/18/2009)
Full text of a plan to overhaul transportation in Massachusetts, including eliminating the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and cutting benefits for MBTA employees. (as proposed on 6/18/2009)

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Senate, No. 2087
[Senate, June 17, 2009Report of the committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the twobranches, with reference to the House amendments to the Senate Billmodernizing the transportationsystems of the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2024) (
amended by the House
by striking out all after theenacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of House document numbered 4051) ]
 
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 A
CT
MODERNING THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Whereas
, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith toreorganize and restructure transportation agencies in the commonwealth to help address anticipatedfunding deficiencies, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for theimmediate preservation of the public convenience.
 
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, And by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 17 of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006
 
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Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 13, the words ”, the Massachusetts
 
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aeronautics commission”.
 
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 
__________________IN THE YEAR OF TWO THOUSAND AND NINE__________________
 
SECTION 2. The second sentence of section 17A of said chapter 6, as most recently
 
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amended by section 1 of chapter 27 of the acts of 2008, is hereby amended by striking out the
 
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words “secretary of transportation and public works” and inserting in place thereof the
 
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following words:- “secretary of transportation”.
 
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SECTION 3. Sections 57, 58 and 59 of said chapter 6 are hereby repealed.
 
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SECTION 4. Section 8C of chapter 6A of the General Laws, inserted by section 6 of 
 
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chapter 233 of the acts of 2008, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a) and inserting
 
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in place thereof the following subsection:-
 
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(a) There shall be established a structurally deficient bridge improvement program
 
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coordination and oversight council. The council shall consist of a chair appointed by the
 
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governor, the secretary of administration and finance, the secretary of transportation, the
 
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secretary of energy and environmental affairs, the administrator of the division of highways of 
 
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the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the commissioner of capital asset
 
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management and maintenance, or their designees.
 
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SECTION 5. Sections 19, 19 1/2 and 19A of said chapter 6A are hereby repealed.
 
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SECTION 6. Section 103 of said chapter 6A is hereby repealed.
 
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SECTION 7. Section 104 of said chapter 6A is hereby repealed.
 
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SECTION 8. The General Laws are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 6A the
 
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following chapter:-
 
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Chapter 6C
 
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MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT of TRANSPORTATION
 
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Section 1. As used in this chapter, the following words shall, unless the context clearly
 
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requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
 
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”Board”, the board of directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation
 
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established pursuant to section 2.
 
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“Boston extension”, all roadways and tunnels for vehicular traffic that constitute that
 
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 portion of interstate highway route 90 beginning at and including the interchange of interstate
 
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highway route 90 and state highway route 128 in the town of Weston and ending in the city of 
 
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Boston at the interchange of interstate highway route 90 and interstate highway route 93 and
 
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such additional highway and bridge components as the general court may from time to time
 
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determine and including such real property and any improvements thereon, personal property,
 
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equipment, licenses, appurtenances and interests in land acquired or leased in connection with
 
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or incident to the construction, ownership, operation, rehabilitation, reconstruction,
 
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improvement, repair, maintenance or administration of such roadways and tunnels as are
 
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necessary for their safe and efficient operation and maintenance or which are otherwise
 
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convenient or desirable to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
 
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“Callahan tunnel”, the tunnel for vehicular traffic constructed under chapter 598 of the
 
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acts of 1958 between the North End section of the city of Boston and the East Boston section of 
 
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said city and including such real property and any improvements thereon, personal property,
 
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equipment, licenses, appurtenances and interests in land acquired or leased in connection with
 
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or incident to the construction, ownership, operation, rehabilitation, reconstruction,
 
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improvement, repair, maintenance or administration of such tunnel as are necessary for its safe
 
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