Boston (June 28, 2023) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today celebrated the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement that it has awarded the City of Brockton more than $7 million in federal funding—through Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants—to improve roadway safety downtown.

“Brockton and all of Massachusetts are facing a roadway safety crisis,” said Senator Markey. “That traffic accidents and deaths are on the rise is an abject policy failure. We need to ensure that the streets here in the City of Champions are built so that families can walk, wheel, bike, and drive safely. This more than $7 million in federal funding will help reduce unnecessary traffic deaths across our Commonwealth.”

“Our Commonwealth is suffering from outdated infrastructure and a crisis of safety on our roads and bridges. Massachusetts families deserve to be able to walk, bike and drive safely on our streets, and thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, more than $7 million will be invested to improve road safety in the City of Brockton,” said Senator Warren.

In February, Senator Markey and his colleagues celebrated more than $2 million in funding—through the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program, which was created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)—to improve roadway infrastructure that connects underserved communities in Boston and North Adams. During the same month, Senator Markey and the Massachusetts congressional delegation applauded more than $30 million in federal funding to improve roadway safety across Massachusetts from its Safe Streets for All program. In June 2022, Senator Markey led his Senate colleagues in a letter to DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg, highlighting the skyrocketing rates of motor vehicle fatalities and the need for swift action to reverse this disturbing trend.