Markey, Warren, Lynch, Capuano Applaud FASTLANE Grant for Massport

Jul 6, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen F. Lynch applauded the Department of Transportation awarding a $42 million FASTLANE Grant to Massport for Conley Container Terminal in the Port of Boston. In May, Senators Markey and Warren and Representatives Lynch and Capuano wrote to the Transportation Department in support of a FASTLANE Grant for Conley Terminal.

“Boston Harbor is an economic anchor for the entire New England region, and this investment in the Conley Container Terminal will help ensure the Port of Boston remains competitive in the 21st century,” said Senator Markey. “Improving Conley Terminal to handle larger container ships that will soon arrive through the expanded Panama Canal will bring more jobs, more investment and more economic activity to the harbor. I thank Senator Warren, and Reps. Capuano and Lynch and the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation for their leadership in securing this important funding.”

“This federal funding to help improve Conley Terminal is terrific news for Boston and for the entire region,” said Senator Warren. “Infrastructure investments are a key part of how we grow our economy, and this project will support good jobs and expand opportunities for Massachusetts’ businesses.”

“This federal transportation grant will help Massport modernize and expand the Conley Container Terminal, easing access for larger container ships arriving through the Panama Canal,” said Rep. Capuano. “This will help alleviate highway truck traffic, generate jobs and benefit the regional economy. I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for their support of this important infrastructure modernization.”

“Each year, the Port of Boston’s Conley Container Terminal is breaking records for its container volume. As increasingly larger ships arrive at the Port, it is imperative that the Conley Terminal is able to accommodate them efficiently without slowing down transit times or harming harbor navigation. By investing in the Boston Harbor, we ensure that the Port of Boston will remain globally competitive, attracting more customers and supporting additional jobs,” said Rep. Lynch. “I commend Senator Markey, Senator Warren, Congressman Capuano, and Tom Glynn and his team at Massport for their hard work to secure the FASTLANE grant.”

“Massport is grateful for the leadership of Sen. Markey, Sen. Warren and Rep. Capuano and Rep. Lynch, for their efforts in securing this federal grant which will help Conley Container Terminal maintain its position as an economic engine for the Commonwealth,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas Glynn. “Moving cargo by water is the most economically and environmentally efficient way of connecting Massachusetts companies to the global economy.”