Subsidy OK'd for thriving bus line
Commuters return from Boston on a Boston Express Bus at the station in Nashua in this 2008 photo. (FILE)
Boston Express won a bid to provide commuter bus service between Manchester and Boston during the Interstate-93 expansion project as part of the state’s environmental impact statement. The contract was awarded in 2008.
On Wednesday, the council approved separate contracts for the two routes that provide $5.4 million in Federal Highway Administration funds to continue the services through June 30, 2017.
The I-93 route served about 30,500 customers per month during 2013 for a total of 366,000 riders, while the FE Everett route serves about 16,000 riders a month, which is double the ridership since service began, according to information from the Department of Transportation.
The Council approved a contingency fund of $5.2 million to address emergency repairs to highways and bridges damaged in a storm.
Clement told the council it took his department three years to make up for the money spent to clean up and make repairs after the tornado.
District 3 Councilor Chris Sununu, R-Newfields, said the bonds were intended for the I-93 project, but now the department wants to use the money for something else.
He said the money would be used for capital costs not operating expenses, noting the request was approved by Administrative Services and the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee.
Contracts with the two remaining managed care companies administering the state Medicaid program were approved by the Council. A third company recently withdrew from the program.
The contracts contain new rates for the next fiscal year that were approved by the federal Center for Medicaid Services.
The change also reduces the state payments to the companies by $485 million to $460 million for the next fiscal year because the second phase of managed care will not begin Dec. 1 as intended, but instead will begin at a later date that has yet to be determined.
Toumpas said while he may be back later to ask for additional money to be added to the managed care contracts, the patients who would have been served will continue in their current fee-for-service programs.
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