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    MEPA Environmental Monitor

    MassDOT Files Detailed Environmental Report for Early Commuter Rail Service to New Bedford and Fall River

    The state has just filed the detailed ridership and cost numbers which I believe will lead ... See more

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  • Breaking News

    Bill files comment in support of environmental permitting for next phase of Mattapoisett Bike Path

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    On July 21st the MBTA decided to redirect over $7 million in Keolis fines back into the commuter rail system. Will that work as an incentive for Keolis to improve its performance? You can listen to the interview which was broadcast on WRKO radio using the link here.

    News and Press

    Bill was interviewed by WGBH radio regarding the issues posed by the development of self-driving cars

    A team of state officials got a preview of what Massachusetts could look like when fleets of autonomous vehicles take to the streets and highways in the coming years. Read Here

    Bill was a guest on NECN’s Broadside news show regarding the collapse of the Boston 2024 Olympics proposal.

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    Our Lady Angels Procession in North Fairhaven

    Our Lady Angels Procession in North FairhavenBill participating in the 2014 Our Lady Angels Procession in [more]

    Memorial Day 2014

    Memorial Day 2014 Bill marched in the 2014 Memorial Day Parade in Mattapoisett [more]

    Massachusetts Port Compact Signing

    Massachusetts Port Compact SigningApril 2012. Bill participates in signing of the new Massachusetts [more]


    ReadingApril 2012 - Bill was a recent guest reader with [more]

    Van Dedication

    Van DedicationJuly 2012. Bill joins members of the Fairhaven Council on [more]

    Cranberry Growers

    Cranberry GrowersAugust 2012. Bill attends the annual meeting of the Cape [more]

    Veteran's Day 2013

    Veteran's Day 2013Photo: Sippican Week and SippicanVillageSoup.com November 2013 Bill joins Mattapoisett Veterans [more]

    Bill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack

    Bill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormackBill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack at [more]

    Bill tours Joseph Abboud

    Bill tours Joseph AbboudFebruary 2012 - Bill tours Joseph Abboud menswear in New [more]

    Guest Reader in Middleboro

    Guest Reader in MiddleboroMarch 2011 - Bill recently was a Guest Reader to [more]

    Bill is Guest Reader

    Bill is Guest ReaderMarch 2011 - Bill recently was a Guest Reader to [more]

    Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

    Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of CommerceSeptember 2010 - Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce [more]


    Bill Straus has represented the 10th Bristol District in the Massachusetts Legislature since his election in 1992. Bill received his bachelors degree from Middlebury College, his law degree from Georgetown University and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Prior to his election as Representative, Bill served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County for six years. He also was a member of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission and was a founding board member of the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council for several years.

    Bill is the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation. He has been involved extensively in transportation issues as a legislator. He was the original sponsor of legislation that added the Port of New Bedford to the Steamship Authority system now connecting New Bedford with Martha’s Vineyard. Bill has been a longtime advocate for the extension of commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River, as well as extension of the Middleboro line further south into Plymouth County. As Transportation Chairman this term, Bill’s work has already lead to a 33% jump in local road and bridge money that goes directly to the towns and cities from the state and new sources of increased state funding for the regional transit authorities which provide public transportation outside of Boston.

    Bill has also worked on a number of issues in the legislature including education, the environment, healthcare and privacy matters. He is the original sponsor of the state’s ‘do-not’call’ list to protect people from nuisance calls from telemarketers.