Compared to the Joint Ways and Means bill released last, the Senate bill released yesterday is a step in the right direction. It allocates an average of $600M per year to transportation. That said, it falls short for several reasons:
- There isn’t enough funding to fix and modernize our system as quickly as we need and begin work on a capital program that would allow projects like I-91, Green Line and South Coast rail to advance on schedule in the early years (FY14-16).
- There isn’t enough funding to ensure that tolls, fees and fares do not rise sharply in the later years (FY17-18).
Read full analysis: T4MA Recommendations on SWM proposal