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Gov. Patrick Announces Transportation Projects


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced the first projects that will be paid for by the $500 million transportation finance bill approved by the legislature in July

The Massachusetts Turnpike will be fitted with an all electronic -open road tolling system. MassDOT Highway Adminstrator Frank DePaola  said one of the benefits will be reduced traffic congestion.

The open road tolling project is expected to be fully operational in 2016. Other projects green-lighted by Governor Patrick are the straightening of a half-mile of the turnpike in Alston-Brighton to eliminate a bottleneck and the purchase of  more than 200 new subway cars in Boston.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.