Transportation bill: Maybe another turn around the carousel

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]

via State lawmakers poised to vote on transportation funding plan –

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.

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6 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. That''s Funny, Bob Deleo is Blaming You

    that’s all I have. Just thought it was such a great comeback that the proletariat should not be denied thy’s good humor.
    Besides, seeing how I ride the green line less and less but someone who has paid my green line dues I say what Grandpa Simpson would say. ‘Suck it up, I had to do it.’

    eb3-fka-ernie-boch-iii   @   Wed 26 Jun 10:09 PM
  2. Governor Patrick should veto the bill

    This bill is a disgrace, and should be vetoed. Mr. DeLeo is a disgrace and should be primaried. Ms. Murray is only slightly less embarrassing.

    How many doors have to fall off or riders die before the legislature engages this problem in a meaningful way?

    • How can they?

      They’re busy falling hook, line, and sinker for the Herald’s EBT bullshit.

      I reiterate that, with our 80%+ Democratic legislature, we should be able to get progressive legislation. Much of the time we don’t.

      I do know there’s no way in hell a liberal Democrat in the tiny minority of an overwhelmingly Republican legislature in, say, Wyoming, would be driving the agenda the way Shaunna O’Connell (who should forever be disgraced for this) is driving it here.

      • DINOs

        I think that the Democratic Party has dominated the Massachusetts legislature for so long that candidates have long since learned to affiliate with the Democratic Party if they want to have any chance at all of being elected. The Massachusetts GOP has exacerbated this problem by relentlessly moving further and further rightward, putting more and more distance between itself and the Massachusetts electorate.

        I think the result is that a significant portion of our 80%+ “Democratic” legislature have more in common with a hypothetical “moderate state GOP” — the problem is that no such entity exists.

        I’m reminded of a serious and, I think, similar problem that plagued the Digital Equipment Corp in the late 1970s and early 1980s (and contributed mightily to its demise) — the “native” Digital management culture was doing so many things right that the company was exploding in sales and head-count. By necessity, Digital ended up hiring middle management from the competitors it was eating for lunch — middle management that brought in the precise stale and unproductive management disciplines that caused their former employers to lose in the competition with Digital. The much-vaunted “Digital way” essentially collapsed as a result.

        The Massachusetts Democratic Party is, in my view, a victim of its own success. I think we progressives need to be more assertive about our vision and agenda, and more willing to let our conservative members leave the party — even if it means losing seats in the process.

        It does no good to have an 80+% majority if that majority is unable to accomplish basic requirements — such as keeping our vital public services adequately funded.

        • Q: What do you get with a one-party state?

          A: A no-party state.

          I wish the Greens or someone would get their act together.

          • For real

            Pick a single county that is small and has potential converts. Then, get to 1% in that county (try: Hampshire and/or Nantucket). Go after the unenrolleds, go after the folks who are enrolled in some other third party, go after college kids, go after protesters and occupiers, whatever. Just get to 1% in one county, and have a press release and try to get it in the news.

            Then, get 1% in another county (after the two above, try Dukes, Franklin). Get 2% somewhere. Knock on targeted doors, and just get people to play ball. Target the people who *don’t* vote in primaries.

            Drive party membership — not activism, not donations, just pure numbers. You’ll get the other things a little bit too, but get the news and get the membership, and see how it goes.

            As of Oct 2012 Massachusetts had the following registrations:
            Registered: 4,342,841
            Dems: 1,551,693
            GOPs: 484,099
            Unenrolled: 2,283,273
            Green: 6,507
            Other 3rd party: 17,269

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