A Statement From Our President: Transportation Bond Bill
FROM RICK DIMINO, PRESIDENT & CEO
The passage of both a Transportation Bond Bill and Economic Development Bill is welcome news for the future of our Commonwealth. These bills contain many important policy changes that can help grow the economy and build a better, more equitable and greener future. This transportation bond bill appears to be a real and meaningful step forward for improving our statewide transportation policies and addressing our deficient infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth.
Over the past two years, A Better City released multiple reports advocating for additional revenue streams for the MBTA, increased fees on Uber/Lyft rides, and moving forward with expanding roadway pricing to both support transit and reduce congestion. All three of these ideas are included in the bond bill and we salute the work of legislative leaders for advancing these efforts.
We are particularly grateful for the leadership of Chairman Bill Straus and Chairman Joe Boncore from the Joint Transportation Committee, as well as Senate President Karen Spilka, Speaker Ron Mariano, Chairman Aaron Michlewitz, and Chairman Michael Rodriques. We remain thankful to now-former Speaker Robert DeLeo for making transportation finance a top priority this session.
There will be much more to do in 2021 in order to adequately address the challenges facing our transportation system, regional economy, and quality of life in Massachusetts, but legislative leaders and the Baker Administration delivered on many productive ideas in the last week. We are grateful for their efforts and are excited to build upon this recent legislative action to help move Massachusetts forward.