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Senator Boncore Appointed Chair of Transportation

January 25, 2018
Story  John Lynds – Revere Journal Staff
With a major international airport, highway, toll plaza and the MBTA Blue Line in his district it made sense for Senate President Harriette Chandler to appoint Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), who represents East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, the North End and part of Cambridge as the new Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation.  Former Senator Tom McGee previously held the post until he resigned his seat upon winning election as the mayor of the City of Lynn.
Senator Boncore has served as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Transportation and has taken lead on issues related to MBTA privatization and transit-oriented housing development.  Senator Eric Lesser (D – Longmeadow) was appointed to as the committee’s Vice Chair.

“The need for effective and efficient transportation intersects with the need for affordable housing, economic opportunity, and social justice,” said Senate President Chandler. “Our transit systems are the central arteries connecting our Commonwealth’s cities and towns to each other. Senator Boncore and Senator Lesser will bring strong leadership to  the challenges we face at a time when transportation is a paramount issue on Beacon Hill and in the minds of everyday commuters.”

Boncore’s work on transportation is rooted in a commitment to the priorities of the Commonwealth, including his transit-heavy First Suffolk and Middlesex district, which encompasses stretches of both Interstate 90 and 93, all five MBTA subway lines, Logan Airport, South Station and portions of the Boston Harbor.

Since being elected senator here Boncore has advocated for a ferry in Eastie, improvements to the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza project, increase in Massport mitigation to surrounding communities, late night MBTA service as well as addressing other transportation needs and improvements in the district.

“I want to thank President Chandler and my colleagues for entrusting me with one of the state’s top fiscal and policy priorities,” said Boncore.  “The Commonwealth’s transportation system is the driver that ensures our economic success.  Whether by road, rail or water, our infrastructure connects us to jobs, homes, schools and goods; ensuring continued growth. Still, Massachusetts requires a new revenue mechanism to make necessary investments in our infrastructure to secure a statewide vision for a modern transportation system.”

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