Not too late to call your Reps and Senators, seems like:
State legislators have voted to approve a compromise transportation funding plan that will raise taxes to fund investment in the state’s transportation department, but Governor Deval Patrick said the amount raised by the bill is not enough.
… “We think the bill is a good start, but it still falls short of what we need to address the transportation challenges in Massachusetts,” said Kristina Egan of Transportation for Massachusetts. “It fixes about half the problems … but everyone, including legislative leadership, agrees it’s not enough funding to really support the economy of tomorrow.” [full statement here]
I find it baffling how we’re supposed to fix a $1 billion annual maintenance shortfall with $500M ramping up to $800M. I don’t see how transit is supposed to meet increased demand. I don’t see why it’s worth it to raise taxes at all if you’re not going to make things noticeably better.
And the Green Line remains an abject embarrassment. It makes the Mr. Rogers trolley look like the Shinkansen by comparison. It singlehandedly justifies the condescension of The Onion. It is often slower, and almost always less comfortable, than walking. “Going to work on the Green Line” must be put in scare-quotes.
And I blame Bob DeLeo.