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IT'S TIME TO INVEST IN TRANSPORTATION ACROSS THE STATE—Massachusetts is being held back by a transportation system from the mid-20th century. With a larger, longer-term investment in public transportation, we can improve the quality of our lives, wherever we live in the Commonwealth.
In Massachusetts, the demand for transportation options is growing much faster than the supply. Why? Since the Eisenhower Administration, Detroit and Big Oil have dominated the decision-making, resulting in more highways, more traffic, and more dependence on foreign oil.
From the Berkshires to the Cape, our transportation needs are simply not being met. Our roads and bridges are crumbling and unsafe, our children suffer from above average asthma rates, and our work force spends on average 48 hours a year stuck in traffic.
And even though Boston ranks 4th in the nation for average weekday ridership on rapid transit, we’re still 6th worst in the nation for congestion and 8th worst in the nation for air pollution.
When demand for better public transportation is skyrocketing, and yet 70% of Massachusetts commuters still commute to work alone in a car, it’s time for a change.
21st Century Transportation In Every Corner of Massachusetts
Massachusetts is considered by many to be the most progressive and well-educated state in the country, leading the way on so many important ideas and ideals, but we’re still getting around on a transportation system from the mid-20th century.
With a larger, longer-term investment in public transportation, we can improve the quality of our lives, wherever we live in the Commonwealth.
So MASSPIRG is building support across the Commonwealth for a new path in which transportation is at the top of the decisionmakers’ list.
We need to invest in public transportation, sidewalks, and bike paths to help everyone in Massachusetts get around and to make our state:
- More accessible
- Equipped to build an economy for the 21st century
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