Keller @ Large: Has Transportation Really Been Reformed?

November 19, 2012 8:01 AM
Keller @ Large: Has Transportation Really Been Reformed?

" BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Globe reported late last week that Gov. Patrick will early in the new year come forward with a long-awaited plan to close the billion dollar a year funding shortfall in our state transportation system, our crumbling bridges, inadequate roads, and faltering public transit.

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No, they’re not going to turn the State House into a luxury hotel to help close the gap.

Instead, look for much higher taxes and fees, almost surely including a fat hike in the 21-cent-per-gallon gas tax.

There’s no way that’s going to be popular, even if, as they should, the pols try to spread the pain around by putting open-road tolling on interstate highways and slapping license fees on bicyclists who’ve been the beneficiaries of a lot of recent public spending.

Lawmakers acknowledged this p-r problem they face years ago by promising “reform before revenue,” a series of efforts to streamline transportation management and cut waste in the system.

Some good progress has been made, and sincere reformers like former MBTA chief turned Transportation Secretary Rich Davey have restored some degree of credibility "

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