Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer
Monday morning, I spoke with a group of people at a hotel in downtown Boston who are interested in public transit and are concerned about its future. On Wednesday, I spoke with the Massachusetts Mayors Association at its monthly meeting in Haverhill. This morning, I spoke with a group of business leaders in Chelsea. In all three meetings, I asked those assembled the same thing I asked all of you a couple of weeks ago – to join in a conversation about the kind of transportation system we want and need to have.
I plan to use the next few weeks to share with you four central points on this topic to help you have this conversation with your colleagues, neighbors, family, and friends.
The first point is that transportation reform is here to stay. My visits around the state have proven to me that important stakeholders, community leaders, elected representatives and ordinary people like you and me like what we are doing. While real progress continues to be made every day, we all know, as I have written often, that we are far from done.
More importantly, we have moved beyond calling what we do every day “transportation reform.” The process of continual improvement, of finding new and better ways to do our business, of working together, and of saving money is, quite simply, the way we do business. It’s our new normal. The sooner we all get used to it, the further ahead we all will be in the conversation we need to have.
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