Baker-Polito Administration Files for $200 Million in Chapter 90 Local Transportation Funding

Area towns figure prominently in proposed funding...
Governor Charlie Baker

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today filed an “An Act Financing Improvements to Municipal Roads and Bridges,” which seeks $200 million in Chapter 90 funds to support local transportation infrastructure projects in all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito made the announcement at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting, and at the meeting also highlighted local aid included in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget proposal, released this week.

“Chapter 90 funding helps every city and town in Massachusetts make infrastructure upgrades to local roads and bridges, strengthening the Commonwealth’s transportation system,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “This funding, in addition to the local aid we included in our Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, gives municipalities the flexibility to make needed investments in their communities.”

“Our administration has a strong partnership with local cities and towns, and Chapter 90 funding and unrestricted general government aid are key supports that allow local leaders to address unique needs within their neighborhoods,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This critical funding provides flexibility to municipalities, and we look forward to working with the Legislature to pass this bill.”

This $200 million in Chapter 90 funding would be available to local cities and towns for FY21. The administration previously requested this $200 million in FY21 Chapter 90 funding in the $18 billion Transportation Bond Bill it filed last summer and is refiling the proposal today to ensure this time-sensitive funding is available before the start of the construction season.

In one of his first official acts after taking office in 2015, Governor Baker directed MassDOT to release $100 million in Chapter 90 funds that had been promised the previous year, fulfilling a commitment made to cities and towns. In total, the Baker-Polito Administration has released $1.16 billion in funding through the Chapter 90 formula, and if approved by the Legislature, today’s request would bring that total to $1.36 billion.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to prioritize local aid and ensure our municipal partners have the resources needed to continue building strong, vibrant communities,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “We are proud to once again file for $200 million in Chapter 90 funding and continue our promise to deliver funding to local cities and towns.”

The administration’s FY21 budget proposal includes $1.16 billion for unrestricted general government aid (UGGA), a $31.6 million increase over Fiscal Year 2020, and equal to the growth rate of state tax revenue included in the FY21 consensus revenue estimate. Including the FY21 budget proposal, the administration has increased the total annual UGGA distribution by $214.5 million since taking office.

The FY21 budget also proposes $4 million in funding for Community Compact related programs, including best practices and regionalization and efficiency grants, as well as $3 million for district local technical assistance. The Community Compact program allows municipalities to secure state grants for local projects that focus on community development, emergency management, environmental resources and more. Since 2016, the administration has awarded over $27 million to municipalities through the Community Compact program.

“We urge legislators to act quickly and approve the legislation allocating a total of $200 million in Chapter 90 funds to cities and towns,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “With Chapter 90 money and funding from some of the Baker-Polito Administration’s initiatives, like Municipal Small Bridge and the Complete Streets Funding Programs, municipal leaders have a variety of resources to draw from to use on their specific infrastructure priorities.”

Through the Chapter 90 program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Funding is awarded by municipality, and is predetermined by a formula that includes factors such as population, road miles and employment. 

Proposed Funding for Cape and Islands Area

AQUINNAH 5 8.27 311 90 $35,404
BARNSTABLE 5 352.1 45,193 28,417 $2,002,945
BOURNE 5 97.91 19,754 8,280 $607,175
BREWSTER 5 56.05 9,820 2,760 $314,640
CHATHAM 5 66.49 6,125 3,668 $342,770
DENNIS 5 145.56 14,207 5,121 $720,924
EASTHAM 5 50.54 4,956 1,285 $244,608
EDGARTOWN 5 45.27 4,067 3,001 $238,696
FALMOUTH 5 229.31 31,531 14,686 $1,272,460
GOSNOLD 5 2 75 45 $8,838
HARWICH 5 141.31 12,243 4,012 $678,638
MASHPEE 5 114.2 14,006 5,320 $599,277
MATTAPOISETT 5 42.97 6,045 1,990 $230,290
NANTUCKET 5 123.46 10,172 7,432 $636,151
OAK BLUFFS 5 36.38 4,527 1,990 $194,802
ORLEANS 5 49.94 5,890 4,180 $282,567
PLYMOUTH 5 226.56 56,468 26,174 $1,556,679
PROVINCETOWN 5 19.53 2,942 2,897 $129,522
SANDWICH 5 148.04 20,675 6,047 $782,768
TRURO 5 38.33 2,003 634 $170,312
WAREHAM 5 127.06 21,822 9,395 $747,685
WELLFLEET 5 54.02 2,750 1,203 $243,219
YARMOUTH 5 150.39 23,793 8,893 $845,582

More information about the Chapter 90 program is available here. To search for current-year Chapter 90 funding apportionments by municipality, please visit here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on