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Trahan, Massachusetts Members Announce $7.6 Million in Federal Funding for Renovation of Haverhill’s South Elm Street Bridge

LOWELL, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03)Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) announced that the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) will receive over $7.6 million in additional federal funding to support a proposed project to replace the century-old South Elm Street Bridge in Haverhill with a modern two-track rail bridge. The bridge is used by Amtrak’s Downeaster service and the MBTA’s commuter rail service between Boston and Haverhill. The funding will be received through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal-State Partnership Grant.

“Like so many bridges in Haverhill, the century-old South Elm Street Bridge is in serious need of repair. And much like the Basiliere Bridge just up the street, we’re delivering the federal funding to get it done,” said Congresswoman Lori Trahan. “I’m proud to bring home this investment to renovate this critical transit artery in the city, and I’m grateful to our partners at MassDOT who will see the project through to completion.”

“The Orange Line shutdown has made clear that delaying repairs and renovation today means depriving riders of reliable and safe service in the future,” said Senator Markey. “As officials work tirelessly to improve service on the T and address safety concerns, I am proud to join my colleagues in announcing additional federal funding to support the T in its ongoing effort to modernize. I will continue working to secure the funding and resources necessary to improve Massachusetts public transit and put riders first.”

“It’s no secret that the MBTA is in a state of crisis. With the orange line shutdown imminent, we need to take every step possible to make our public transit safer and more reliable for riders across our region,” said Congressman Moulton. “This funding for a new two-track rail bridge in Haverhill is the type of smart investment we need right now. I look forward to working with my colleagues to secure additional resources for more of these critical improvements in the future.”

In March, the lawmakers the lawmakers were joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Stephen Lynch (MA-08), and Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark (MA-05) in writing to the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration expressing support for the MBTA’s Federal-State Partnership Grant application.