Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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In Congress and in Massachusetts, Congressman McGovern has been a strong advocate for improving our roads and highways, and increasing access to mass transportation options.

He continues to work for an extension of public rail service throughout Western and Central Massachusetts, and has been a supporter of key funding to improve bus access in Central Massachusetts. 

He is also the co-sponsor of legislation designed to keep freight shipped by fuel-efficient and effective trains, and keep dangerous massive freight trucks off the road.

For more information concerning my work and views on Transportation issues, please contact me.

More on Transportation

Sep 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representative Niki Tsongas (MA-03), announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,376,682 grant for track improvements along the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company's Gardner Branch rail line in Central Massachusetts. The rail project will reduce the risk of derailments that could impact the drinking water supplied to the City of Worcester.

Aug 22, 2016

WORCESTER, MA – Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced that Worcester Airport has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to install taxiway lighting. The new federal funding will allow Massport to install a Surface Movement Guidance and Control (SMGCS) lighting system on a taxiway to Runway 11-29 to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.

Mar 10, 2016

WORECESTER and BOSTON, MAToday, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) rode from Worcester to Boston to highlight a permanent increase in the commuter tax benefit for mass transit riders that was included in a bipartisan multi-year tax package that was signed into law in December 2015.

Dec 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, following House passage of the PATH Act ­– a multiyear tax package – Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Peter King (R-NY), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Bob Dold (R-IL) welcomed a permanent increase of the commuter tax benefit exclusion for transit riders to $255 a month, finally giving transit equal treatment with parking subsidies in the tax code. This provision incorporates legislation introduced by Congressman McGovern and the other lawmakers, H.R. 990, the Commuter Parity Act.

Nov 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass H.R. 22, the Highway Bill Reauthorization/Export-Import Bank Reauthorization, by an overwhelmingly bipartisan 363-64 vote.

Sep 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), announced $2.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Worcester Regional Airport, helping to support its continued success. The funding will support the construction of a partial parallel taxiway to Runway 11/29 in order to reduce the need to back taxi on the runway. This grant will provide funding for phase 1 of a 2 phase project. This phase includes construction of an approximately 3,500 foot haul road.

Jul 27, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined Massport and Worcester Regional Airport officials for a tour of the recently-opened and newly renovated Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station and a tour of aircraft. Congressman McGovern then joined a roundtable with local officials to discuss the station and the airport’s role in growing the Worcester economy. See photos below.

Jun 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, released the following statement in response to the release of a series of new reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on truck size and weight. These reports were required by (MAP-21), the most recent surface transportation reauthorization bill, which was passed by Congress in 2012.

Jun 5, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) applauded the opening of the newly renovated Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station at Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). Congressman McGovern helped to secure $3 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the project. Combined with $2.5 million from Massport, the project’s funding and completion marks another safety enhancement made since Massport took ownership of the airport in 2010.