With Massachusetts residents burdened with a multitude of both short-term and long-term transportation problems -- from MBTA derailments to the nation’s worst traffic congestion -- the Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) coalition has outlined a series of strategic initiatives, including a 25-cent increase in the state’s gas tax, and urged policymakers to act on the problems with a sense of urgency. We have also released a complementary document that proposes additional policies and recommendations to make our policy proposals more progressive overall.
“There is no silver bullet. We have a set of problems with our statewide transportation system that require a set of solutions,” said Chris Dempsey, Director of T4MA. “Greater Boston has the worst traffic in the country. The recent Green and Red Line derailments cast a spotlight on the ripple effect that is felt throughout the system when issues arise. And roads and bridges across the state are in poor condition. The policy solutions T4MA is offering will mean immediate progress throughout the Commonwealth, and we urge Beacon Hill to closely consider our proposals.”
T4MA has put forth several policy solutions to combat Massachusetts’ transportation crisis:
As with all policy areas, T4MA stresses that implementation of these suggested policies must promote socioeconomic, racial, environmental, and geographic equity. Specifically, the policies should be complemented by programs that mitigate cost increases for low-income households through exemptions, credits, and other investments in communities that provide households with lower-cost transportation options. Please refer to both documents above for detailed policy proposals.
The policy recommendations put forth by T4MA have yielded positive results in other parts of the country and the world. With the transportation crisis affecting all walks of life, Massachusetts deserves swift and immediate action.
Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) is a diverse coalition of more than 80 member and partner organizations with a stake in improving transportation across the Commonwealth, including business, planning, environmental, and community-based organizations. Our coalition advocates at the state, federal, and local levels for transportation policies that are innovative, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. We want a transportation system that strengthens our economy and our communities, while also being safer, healthier, more affordable and reliable.