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Next Stop, Massachusetts Strategies to Build the Bay State’s Transportation Future and Keep our Economy Moving

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
By Benjamin Forman

by BENJAMIN FORMAN, JOHN SCHNEIDER, AND GORDON CARR

Last May, MassINC partnered with the MBTA Advisory
Board, the Route 128 Business Council, and the Rappa -
port Institute for Greater Boston to bring together
transit leaders from around the country. The unprecedented
challenges facing both the US economy and US
transportation systems formed a stark backdrop for
this unique gathering.

The economy must create a staggering 8 million jobs
to replace those lost in the Great Recession. At the same
time, the country’s aging public transit systems face an
equally daunting climb. They must address a $78 billion
backlog in deferred maintenance, sustain current operations
with declining revenues, and respond to increasing
pressures to attract more riders by expanding service.

While the economic crisis has certainly compounded
the revenue shortfalls that make dealing with these challenges
so difficult for transportation agencies, state and
federal problems in transportation finance were apparent
well before the global slowdown. Now the two issues
are intertwined. If the nation continues to underinvest
in the transportation systems that move people and
goods, the US will have difficulty achieving strong
growth needed to address long-term budget deficits.
Leaders assembled in Boston for the summit were
eager to discuss new ways to demonstrate this critical
linkage. With increasing competition from abroad, communicating
transportation’s vital economic contribution
has become all the more imperative. References to countries
in Europe and Asia constructing advanced transportation
systems to connect regional economies for a
new energy-constrained era were frequent throughout
the summit.

Not only have we failed to keep pace with the stateof-
the-art infrastructure investments that these economic
competitors have made, the nation has not been
able to address flawed allocation formulas which, experts
have long argued, haphazardly distribute spending across
the landscape, wasting limited resources and jeopardizing
our competitive position.

Despite this deep downturn and the declining state
of our transportation infrastructure, consensus around
real transportation reform has yet to emerge. The state
and federal leaders who came together for the National
Transit Sum mit made important statements regarding
the press ing need to begin a serious discussion about the
sacrifices and strategic prioritization required to rebuild
US public transportation systems. While much of this
discussion focused on federal policy and the case for
additional federal resources, it was also clear that states
must take action as well. 

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