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Transportation

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MBR's Transportation Task Force
 

MATERIALS
Massachusetts on the Move: The Intersection of Talent, Transportation, and Housing
The Way Forward: A 21st— Century Transportation Plan
 
RESOURCES
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation
 
NEWS
MBR Transportation Task Force Meeting Includes Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, BRIDJ COO Jon McBride
MBR Participates in “Fix Our T” Coalition Press Conference Supporting Reforms at the MBTA
Roundtable Discussion with Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Business Leaders at MBR Board Meeting
Roundtable Requests U.S. Dept. of Transportation to Reconsider Direct Flight from Logan to Havana
Fix Our T Coalition Statement
Business Community Transportation Statement
Roundtable Joins Business Community Coalition Calling for World-Class Transportation System
MBR Statement on the Report by the Special Panel Reviewing the MBTA
 

Transportation
Transportation infrastructure is a perennial top priority area for public policy investment according to Roundtable CEOs and business leaders. MBR believes that investing in transportation—roads, bridges, mass transit—is a key ingredient to strengthening the state’s economic competitiveness. MBR has long advocated for the implementation of meaningful reforms, management improvements, greater performance measurement, and better use of technology to ensure that people can commute to work and school and that goods & services can move efficiently throughout the state. The Roundtable has also joined with other business organizations to support increases in transportation infrastructure funding, guided by the principle that transportation funding should come from transportation sources.

The Roundtable, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston, reported on the critical link between transportation, housing and workforce policy. A safe, reliable transportation system is essential to enable communities across the state to thrive. In order to maximize economic growth and increase talent retention, the Commonwealth must continue to develop and enhance public policies to improve its transportation infrastructure and the affordability of housing, as these key factors influence the retention of talented workers in Massachusetts.

MBR’s Transportation & Infrastructure Task Force has developed the following principles to guide the Roundtable’s continued advocacy for innovation and investment in infrastructure to meet the needs of citizens and businesses throughout the Commonwealth:

  • Support Ongoing Management Reforms. The Fiscal Management and Control Board, created by the Transportation Reform Law, has made significant progress in overhauling management practices at the MBTA and implementing major reforms. A similar philosophy throughout MassDOT is imperative, including effective resource management, greater performance measurement, efficient service delivery, better use of technology and increased transparency throughout the agency to maximize impact on the system statewide.
  • Promote Economic Competitiveness. Transportation policy decisions must be made to promote economic competitiveness. Revenue and investment decisions must be made to improve the Commonwealth as a place to do business, and should not negatively impact the state’s economic competitiveness.
  • Support and Strengthen Innovation. The use of technology and new innovations must be at the forefront of public policy that provides consumers more choices and a better, more cost effective way to reach their destinations. The state must continue to develop partnerships with innovative companies to improve service and drive down costs. Important advancements, such as electronic tolling technology, new mobile apps, as well as the advent of autonomous vehicles, are disrupting traditional transportation policy. Massachusetts must remain on the cutting edge of technology and innovation in public policy development.
  • Data Should Drive-Decision Making. Publicly available data empowers citizens, advocates and policy makers to solve problems and make decisions. MBR has long advocated for the implementation of meaningful reforms, management improvements, greater performance measurement, and better use of technology to ensure that people can commute to work and school and that goods & services can move efficiently throughout the state. Evidenced based decision making must be a core principle for achieving these goals.
  • Ensure Regional Equity. Massachusetts has regional economic challenges that are very different depending on the area of the state. Transportation priorities in each region must be assessed to ensure that the state invests any new transportation revenues equitably across the Commonwealth.

    Policy Priorities

    • Long-Term Planning. Engage in the State Senate’s Mass Moves initiative, a long-term, visioning and planning exercise to develop a “statewide, sustainable mobility vision” for the Commonwealth.
    • Management Reforms. Support the extension of the Fiscal and Management Control Board and the legislative authority it has been granted to carry out its work of implementing meaningful reforms, management improvements, greater performance measurement, and better use of technology.
    • MBTA Capacity. Work with the MBTA to address capacity challenges, specifically regarding personnel and the ability to address important principles such as economic development, innovation and data collection.

 

 

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