State officials have been keen to pass a larger bond authorization this year to take advantage of higher federal spending that was authorized in Washington's 2021 infrastructure bill.
Increased funding will help fill in dozens of missing links in the state's growing network of off-street multi-use paths and walking trails.
Varias obras de senderos nuevos están en marcha para completar el Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, un sendero de muchos usos de 25 millas que cuando se complete, conectara los suburbios al oeste de Boston desde Lowell hasta Framingham a lo largo de New Haven Railroad, una línea de tren abandonada.
Additional trail sections to extend the trail further south, towards Framingham, and further north, towards downtown Lowell, are in the planning stages.
A project to extend the Independence Greenway eastward towards downtown Peabody could go under construction in 2024; a second project to connect the Greenway's two segments and also connect the Greenway to the Danvers Rail Trail is also being designed.
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will increase the average round-trip travel distance required to reach the closest legal abortion care provider from 50 miles to a staggering 250.