Murray covers the trends and specifics of his administration's actions. To Gov. Deval Patrick's credit, he has let Murray have his head and accomplish more than any Lt. Gov. I can recall. In transportation, that includes:
- The CSX freight and commuter lines deal that will enable expansion of service and terminals far beyond the Boston area. (Support here from our state and federal lawmakers.)
- $95.5 milliion in TIGER funds from the feds to couple with MA bonds. Together, this will finance three major rail projects here. (This is a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which we were in for because we had done the planning and study.)
- Massachusetts Transportation Reform Law, including total compaction and reorganization of the bureaucracy from number of agencies down to pension benefits. (We'd been muttering about the need for this for decades.)
In very practical terms, Murray also addressed the necessity never to fall back into delaying infrastructure maintenance and development. That only makes the projects more expensive, puts people at risk and likely means replacing rather than simply maintaining bridges and roads.
Murray spoke a bit wistfully of some transportation and related projects that are a ways out — like infrastructure to support high-speed trains and even WiFi in exurban areas. He's still working.