10,000 names and counting up! See you on March 4th!

February 27th, 2015

Thanks to everyone who has signed our petition for safe and reliable transportation. The commonwealth depends on affordable and dependable mobility.

Please join us at the State House on Wednesday, March 4 at 10AM (arrive at 9:45) for a rally and to deliver our petition to the Governor and legislators. Mayor Joe Curtatone and other speakers will address the need for transportation solutions across the state.

We believe in constructive and respectful advocacy to work together for the investment and reform to support prosperity and opportunity. A 21st century transportation system is a necessity for Massachusetts to compete in the new economy.

We are in this together. And the MBTA only one part of a fragile transportation network, as our Director Kristina Egan writes in the Boston Globe Opinion pages.

Thank you for signing, and please join us on March 4th!

Presentation to MBTA Caucus: Keeping on Track/MBTA Finances

February 25th, 2015



Click here for presentation to MBTA Caucus
Click here for February 2015 Keeping On Track Report

Rafael Mares, (617) 850-1739, [email protected]
Kristina Egan, (617) 223-1655, [email protected]

Boston, MA, February 25, 2015 – At a MBTA Caucus Meeting yesterday hosted by chairs Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), and Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and MASSPIRG, members of the statewide coalition, Transportation for Massachusetts, updated lawmakers on the current state of the MBTA’s finances. Speaking to more than 40 members of the House and Senate, along with dozens of aides and staff from other offices, the presenters discussed the findings of their latest report, Keeping on Track: Our Second Progress Report on Reforming and Funding Transportation Since Passage of the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Act of 2013 and the history of the MBTA’s financial challenges.

Rafael Mares, senior attorney at CLF, highlighted that failed revenue and expense projections underlying a 2000 law passed to fund the MBTA resulted in underfunding of the transit agency over the past 15 years. He said, “The MBTA was forced to defer maintenance to balance its budget, which is the root cause of the MBTA’s failure to deliver reliable service during the successive storms that have battered the state.” Kristina Egan, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, added, “Transportation that fails us costs us. A great city like Boston needs and deserves great public transportation. Our economy depends on it.”

The report itself — the second in a series tracking the implementation of the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 — finds that some important transportation improvements have been made across the state in the last year, although it may take time to for Massachusetts to see the full benefits. However, the amount of revenue raised in the 2013 funding bill is still not sufficient to meet the Commonwealth’s ongoing and future transportation needs or to support the state’s economy.

The speakers reported that legislators should expect the gap between revenues and expenses to continue to widen in the coming years.

– The sales tax dedicated to the MBTA has generated over $1 billion less revenue than projected since 2002. At the same time, fuel and energy costs have increased more than anticipated. This has created years of structural deficits.

– Today, the MBTA carries a total of $5 billion in debt service, with almost one-third of this being debt the state gave to the MBTA in 2000. This has resulted in the MBTA being the most indebted transit system in the nation. Over one-fifth of the MBTA’s budget is dedicated to debt payments each year.

– The MBTA has approximate $3 billion backlog in repairs. Every year repairs are deferred ends up increasing the cost of maintenance. Without new revenues, it’s not possible for the MBTA to adequately prepare itself to provide reliable service.

– The 2013 Transportation Finance Act provided new funding for the MBTA, Regional Transit Authorities, and roads and bridges, but only provided about half the new resources needed to bring the state’s transportation system into a state of good repair.

– The need for reliable transportation continues to grow. In the next five years, between 100,000 and 300,000 riders will join today’s 1.3 million daily users of the MBTA.

Transportation for Massachusetts is a diverse coalition of Bay State organizations working together to create safe, convenient, and affordable transportation choices for everyone in Massachusetts. Our 47 members have expertise in transportation, affordable housing, social justice, public health, the environment, planning and smart growth.

Save the Date: Capital Ideas on November 13-14

September 2nd, 2014

Our national partner Transportation for America is hosting a state policy conference on November 13-14 in Denver, CO. Make plans now to attend Capital Ideas: Raising money for transportation through innovative state legislation to learn what states around the country are doing to develop support for transportation investments. Register today to learn what Massachusetts should be doing to plan for tomorrow.

Download the flyer: T4A State Policy Convening – Denver Nov 13-14!

T4Mass Members Weigh in on Question 1

August 8th, 2014

Recently, Tim Brennan, Executive Director of T4Mass member organization the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, appeared on WLLP 22News’ inFocus to discuss Question 1, a ballot initiative that would repeal gas tax indexing.

Brennan highlighted the importance of maintaining the buying power of our gas tax, which goes to a dedicated fund for transportation infrastructure. There is a backlog of maintenance projects in the Pioneer Valley so maintaining a steady revenue stream is critical to protecting the safety of the roads and bridges residents travel over.

Scroll to the 18:02 mark to hear Tim Brennan’s take on this critical issue in the November election, and click here to learn more about the campaign.

Measuring Up: More Bang for the Buck in Transportation Project Selection

July 17th, 2014

Over 70 leaders from all across the commonwealth and the US attended a conference on July 16 at the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University to understand the important issues of Performance Measurement and Project Selection. This landmark event was cosponsored by Transportation for Massachusetts and Transportation for America. Thanks to the attendees and participants for making this event a success, and moving this important discussion forward at the local, state and national levels.

Conference Resources

See the Conference Agenda

Presentation by Beth Osborne, Senior Policy Advisor at Transportation for America
Presentation by Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the SF Bay Area
Presentation by Hayes Morrison, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure for the City of Somerville

Transportation for Massachusetts conference handout

Massachusetts Project Selection Advisory Council:
Main page
Council Documents

Related Information

WeMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance

  • The recently completed long-range plan for MassDOT is the first, multi-modal long-range transportation plan for state transportation investments in Massachusetts
  • The section on Scenario Planning & Performance Management (pp. 17-29) describes the work of the Office of Performance Management and Innovation. The office was created through the Transportation Reform Act of 2009 when the single, multi-modal agency MassDOT, was formed.
  • The Scenario Planning & Performance Management (pp. 17-29) section describes the “Planning for Performance” tool that was used to forecast performance and condition of the various MassDOT transportation assets under different funding scenarios.
  • The plan includes investment scenarios forecast for years 2023 (the target year for the Administration’s The Way Forward investment plan) and 2040 (MassDOT’s long-term planning horizon year). The funding scenarios presented are based on the pre-2013 finance bill funding levels and the current funding levels afforded by the 2013 revenue bill that are providing $900m more each year.

The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan

  • MassDOT prepared the document to identify transportation priorities for a ten year period (2013-2023) and to hold public hearings to identify longer-term transportation needs. The longer term investment priorities are included in the WeMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance plan that has a horizon year of 2040.

Keeping on Track: Our Progress in Reforming and Funding Transportation since Passage of the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Act of 2013 (2014)

  • The report analyzes the first 6 months after the implementation of landmark legislation that provided new funding and institutional reforms to the transportation decision-making process in Massachusetts.

Delivering the Promise: Improving the Performance of Massachusetts Transportation Agencies (2013)

  • The report reviews progress by MassDOT in achieving reforms called for in the Transportation Reform Act of 2009, and makes additional recommendations based on best practices in other states.

Measuring Performance in the Federal Transportation Program: A Path to Progress and Accountability (2011)

  • A call for action to USDOT for performance-based management of the federal program.
  • The white paper also includes a summary of current applications for performance measures

Performance-Based Planning & Programming Guidebook (2013) from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA)

  • A tool-kit and best practices summary for applying performance-based planning and programming methods

Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures (2011) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • A tool-kit and best practices summary of performance measures being used by states and regions to support sustainable communities

Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning (2013) from the Federal Highways Administration

  • A tool-kit and best practices summary of transportation planning strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

50 State Review of State Legislatures & Departments of Transportation (2011) from AASHTO & National Conference of State Legislatures

  • The report offers a national perspective on primary trends and policy implications, while also providing state-specific data and analysis.
  • page 88 includes a brief profile of MassDOT, including the institutional structure and how funding transportation funding works at the state level in Massachusetts

Measuring Transportation Investments: the Road to Results (2011) from the Pew Center on the States & Rockefeller Foundation

  • A national summary of performance management trends and an assessment for each state DOT on developing and applying performance measures. Outcomes analyzed: access, jobs & commerce, infrastructure preservation, mobility, and safety

Moving Massachusetts Forward – now online!

June 6th, 2014

If you couldn’t make Moving Massachusetts Forward, the candidate forum we co-hosted with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, you can still watch this great event online. Watch here: Moving MA Forward (on Youtube).  Thanks to all who attended and worked to create a memorable program!

Moving Massachusetts Forward: a Gubernatorial Forum on Transportation and Smart Growth

May 31st, 2014

Be sure to attend or watch this informative candidate forum on Wednesday, June 4 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street in Boston, moderated by Doug Foy and Paul McMorrow.

forum logo

To register or view the live stream, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance with support from Livable Streets Alliance and Kendall Square Association.

Briefing Book for candidates for MA governor

May 28th, 2014

Created with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and provided to all candidates.
Read the briefing book: T4MA-MSGA 2014 briefing book

Worcester May 21 Meet Up

May 15th, 2014

A Regional Meetup of Transportation for Massachusetts
Wednesday, May 21, 7 – 8:30 PM Union Station, Worcester

More details can be found in our flyer: Worcester May 21 Meet Up

Livable Streets Calendar

December 11th, 2012

For a broad, up-to-date listing of current transportation events, click here to access the event calendar for Transportation for Massachusetts’ coalition member, Livable Streets.