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BOSTON-Massachusetts is expected to receive more than $5.2billion from the $286.4-billion federal transportation bill justpassed by Congress and signed by President Bush. This represents a25% increase over the amount of funding the commonwealth receivedin the last major federal transportation spending bill that coveredprojects from 1998 through 2003. The current funding covers thenext six years and includes nearly $3.7 billion for highways andapproximately $1.6 billion for transit projects throughout thisstate.

Among the specific projects to receive funding are therebuilding of the Lechmere MBTA station, which is being expandedand relocated and construction of a National Park Service visitors'center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. There will also be a string ofparks aggregating approximately 30 acres through the city and theextension of the Sommerville bike path and a study of the UrbanRing project in the Longwood Medical area are planned.

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