High-quality, efficient transportation is the key to economic growth, both for commuters into Boston, as well as local businesses. That’s why my solution is to build a more efficient transportation system and fully fund the construction and operation of state of the art transportation infrastructure.
As your State Representative, I will…
1. Build a more efficient transportation system.
Roads and bridges across the Commonwealth are falling apart, and public transit is outdated. We must physically rebuild the infrastructure that we rely on for transportation in order for it to become more efficient. The T is a common way to commute in and out of the City of Boston, but trains often run late and break down. We must modernize the T so that it is up to par with other systems across the world. Building a more efficient public transit system will also allow for increased ridership, which reduces the number of cars driving on highways and roads in urban areas. This will reduce traffic on major roads, and is also good for the environment. Use of public transit helps cut down on greenhouse gasses released by cars, which in turn helps reach our goal of becoming carbon neutral.
2. Fund a modern overhaul of our transportation infrastructure.
Modern transportation infrastructure requires a committed investment by the state legislature. We must pass H.86, known as the Millionaire’s Tax, which will generate nearly $2 billion through a 4% surtax on annual income over $1 million. These funds will be devoted to fully funding transportation improvements and our public education system. Alongside our carbon tax and other allocations, we can fully fund the transportation overhaul that the Commonwealth needs.
3. Support smart and equitable fare policy.
The cost of public transportation can be a barrier for many people, so we must make sure that fares are affordable and fair to increase ridership. This means implementing policies which have already been proven to work in other places, and ones which take into account relative distance traveled instead of attaching large fixed rates on individual stations. We must prioritize making paying fares easy, for riders and for their wallets.
4. Work to solve the parking dilemma in our District’s Commuter Rail stations.
Those who rely on the Commuter Rail for transportation in and out of the city know that finding parking at stations can be frustrating. The number of spaces are limited and fill up fast. This issue is not limited to the legislature or the MBTA, and it needs a solution that can work for all stakeholders. As your State Representative, I will work with state, town, and MBTA officials to find an easy and effective solution to the parking problem.
5. Invest in the production and sale of electric vehicles.
Our transportation system is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Electric vehicles are key to reducing our carbon footprint but can be expensive. I will work with the legislature to increase the production of electric vehicles to drive down costs to make for an easy transition for our working families.