A new report shows how investment in expanding capacity on public transit is critical to our region's economic future, and to the lives and livelihood of the businesses, employees and communities that depend on a thriving economy. The Road To Growth reviews public transit demand, capacity, maintenance, and the reasons we must continue to plan and build the public transit system we need to compete in the 21st century.
Produced by A Better City, the Boston Society of Architects, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MASCO, The Alliance for Business Leadership, Transportation for Massachusetts and the Urban Land Institute's Boston/New England Chapter, The Road to Growth frames the reform/maintenance/expansion debate in a responsible way.
Reform is clearly necessary, and must continue to ensure that we get what we pay for, and that riders, taxpayers and leaders have confidence in our public agencies. Maintenance is necessary, and we must address the long backlog of underfunded projects that only grows more lengthy with time, exposing us to serious risk, as was seen this winter.
Improved capacity is equally necessary if our region is to be competitive in attracting and retaining businesses and tomorrow's workforce. To get today's ridership - and the hundreds of thousands of new daily riders - safely to work and school, our system must grow through targeted investments. Tomorrow's jobs depend on it. Read The Road To Growth to learn more.