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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Joins Regional Transportation Caucus
November 20, 2007

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announced today that he has joined the Regional Transportation Authority Caucus, a legislative group co-founded by State Senator Stan Rosenberg, Senate President Pro Tem, and State Representative Dan Bosley, Chair of the Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee.

 

“The lives and livelihoods of many people, especially in rural areas, depend on safe, reliable public transportation,” Downing said. “Roughly two-thirds of all Massachusetts communities are served by RTAs, adding up to about 25 million rides a year. This is an important service that cannot be taken for granted.”

 

“I appreciate Downing’s willingness to provide leadership in helping organize this effort,” Rosenberg said. “There are 27 senators and 80 representatives with RTAs in their districts. Together, we can focus our energies and do some good work for our constituents.”

 

Some the issues the caucus would take up immediately are Senator Rosenberg’s multi-year plan to increase RTA funding by $90 million and restore services to pre-fiscal crisis levels and Representative Bosley and State Senator Harriette Chandler’s (D-Worcester) bill that would reduce rates on RTA borrowing. The caucus would also focus on budget requests for RTAs, energy issues and insurance rates.

 

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