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Patrick Announces Plan To Rebuild Mass Pike In Allston, Replace Red And Orange Line Trains

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is announcing a series of major transportation infrastructure investments that include new cars on the subway and open-road tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Patrick made the announcements Tuesday during an address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Patrick says the investment will stimulate economic growth and opportunity for commuters, residents and businesses, enhance accessibility, and ease traffic and congestion.

The governor says the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will launch a $1.3 billion procurement program to replace and increase the capacity of the Red Line and Orange Line trains.

The Massachusetts Turnpike will be fitted with all electronic, open-road tolling that allows drivers to pass through tolls without slowing down.

Permitting will begin immediately to rebuild and straighten the Mass Pike in Allston.

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