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Posted on October 30, 2019
Virtually everyone in Massachusetts agrees that the commonwealth must repair, update and rethink its transportation system.
Just ask employers in metropolitan Boston where workers navigate daily reliability issues on the MBTA or persistent congestion on the Southeast Expressway. Or manufacturing companies in the Berkshires that struggle to ship products over back roads to the Turnpike. Or restaurants on the Cape that await customers locked in multi-mile backups over the Sagamore or Bourne bridges.
Improving the complex Massachusetts transportation system will require patience, prudence and compromise to reach a solution that lays the foundation for long-term economic growth. The 3,500 members of Associated Industries of Massachusetts know as business people that sorting out the financial, logistical and operational elements of transportation reform will take years of debate and continued analysis.
AIM supports a reasoned, long-term approach built around Governor Charlie Baker’s $18 billion transportation bond bill now pending in the state Legislature. That bond bill acknowledges what Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told the AIM Executive Forum in September – the first step in any reform must be to remove current structural impediments that prevent the Department of Transportation and the T from spending the money that the taxpayers have already given them.
AIM believes that Massachusetts policymakers must provide procurement and policy reform to the transportation system before investing money into an outdated infrastructure.
AIM believes that any solution to the transportation issue must factor in the need to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector to comply with state laws to reduce global warming.
AIM supports transportation initiatives that are fair to people of all income levels and all regions of the commonwealth.
AIM acknowledges that the commonwealth may need to develop more revenue for transportation in the next three to four years once structural reforms have been accomplished. More work needs to be done to determine the best method of raising revenue and AIM recommends a deliberate approach to funding issues.
Here is AIM’s position on transportation:
AIM supports policies and responsible new investment to reduce congestion; grow capacity to deliver capital projects; lower carbon emissions in the transportation sector and ensure accountability and transparency in transportation investment spending.
The AIM Board of Directors continues to discuss details of a transportation proposal. The ongoing discussion reflects the importance that the Board attaches to the transportation debate.
Please contact Bob Rio, Senior Vice President, email@example.com, for updates on the transportation debate.