Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer
This is the third in a series of messages about our call for a dialogue about the kind of transportation system we want to have and the point we are in with respect to the implementation of the transportation reform law.
Last week, I wrote that the level of Federal investment to which we have grown accustomed appears to be in decline. That means if our level of state investment stays constant, and the way we do business doesn’t change, we will fall further behind in our efforts to achieve a state of good repair. Two weeks ago, I wrote that transportation reform is here to stay and the practices that we are adopting are part of our new “normal” course of business.
This week, I’m asking you to consider ways to think more comprehensively about our future transportation system with respect to geography and mode. Two years ago, when we completed the first phase of planning for the future (http://www.mass.gov/youmovemassachusetts), people told us that, while some new transportation facilities need to be built to improve our mobility and ensure economic vitality, what they really want is for us to fix what we have and for their buses, trains, and boats to run reliably. That’s important feedback that we have taken to heart in developing our capital programs. I would add to that point that whether we’re taking care of what we have or making our services more reliable, it’s just as important that we achieve these goals in Dorchester as it is in Barnstable or in Pittsfield.
The investments we make and attention we pay to transportation must result in a comprehensive intermodal program that increases mobility, reduces congestion, and provides residents, visitors, and businesses with efficient and competitive transportation choices. What do you think? This summer, we will launch the second phase of youMove Massachusetts to pick up where phase I left off and to engage our customers in dialogue about their transportation values. I invite you all to join the conversation.
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