Boston Non-Profit Calls For Billions For Transportation


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Boston based non-profit says Massachusetts needs to invest at least $50 billion dollars to fix it's aging and overburdened transportation system.

A Better City released it's transportation finance plan, laying out a framework for how state officials can create a more "efficient, safe and reliable system" by 2040.

The plan is aggressive because when state leaders appealed to A Better City's CEO Rick Dimino they said "be bold" and Dimino says they ran with it.

The investment calls for $10 billion dollars for aging infrastructure like roads, bridges, tunnels and highway systems. Another $10 billion would go towards increasing roadway and transit capacity statewide, and the final $30 billion would go to "modernize, decarbonize and transform" the MBTA, including electrifying part of the infrastructure.

How do they plan to pay for all that? Dimino tells WBZ Newsradio the state can gather the needed revenue through a combination of a small gas tax, added tolls on some roadways, increased fees for ride-share operators and by using revenue from the multi-state transportation climate initiative.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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