Moving into the 21st century
Mayor Walsh committed $1 billion over ten years to bring Boston's school buildings into the 21st century, and this Capital Plan launches that investment with funding for:
- 21st century classrooms;
- MSBA Accelerated Repair Program partnerships;
- completion of projects in the pipeline; and
- reserves for future projects identified by BuildBPS community
Boston, in collaboration with State and Federal sources, will invest $709 million over the next five years in implementing the core initiatives outlined in Go Boston 2030:
- streets that are safer for all users of our roads and sidewalks,
particularly pedestrians and cyclists;
- travel that is more reliable and predictable; and
- quality transportation choices that improve access to interconnect our
neighborhoods for all modes of travel.
Open Space goals
Through the use of Winthrop Square proceeds, City capital dollars, and leveraging external funds, Mayor Walsh plans to carry out early actions to implement Imagine Boston 2030’s Open Space goals, including investing in Franklin Park as a keystone park for the city, completing the Emerald Necklace, and restoring Boston Common to its full vibrancy.
Preparing for climate change
Boston will prepare for climate change by investing City dollars and outside funding to develop more detailed climate plans for Boston neighborhoods, especially those most at risk for coastal flooding, as recommended in Climate Ready Boston.
Percent for Art Program
The Percent for Art Program, funded for the first time in this Capital Plan, demonstrates the City’s leadership and commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing for the commissioning of public art.