Transportation

Despite living in the 21st Century, Massachusetts’ transportation system continues to not be able to provide adequate services for our citizens. The number of derailments has continued to climb over the last few years. The Boston Globe reported that its review of federal records showed 43 train derailments during the five-year period of 2014-2018. According to a state Safety Review Panel, “These incidents resulted in numerous injuries, millions of dollars in equipment damage and repair costs, significant delays, unpredictable service, and increased dissatisfaction amongst regional stakeholders and customers regarding the organization’s ability to provide safe and reliable service… In essence, safety is not the priority at the T, but it must be.” Additionally, there have been 9 different General Managers of the MBTA since 2010. I would support the transportation bond bill that is currently in the legislature right now, that would provide a 50% increase to Ch. 90 funding (local transportation projects) at $300 million and $160 million for the MBTA (H.4547). These bills are widely supported by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, I would also advocate for reducing public transit fares and stronger accountability of the MBTA. I am also supportive of connecting the north and south rail as well.

The Red Line (MBTA)