MBR members have identified that investments in transportation infrastructure are important for global competitiveness. MBR will continue to engage in the development and implementation of a long-term transportation finance plan with a focus on creating an efﬁicient, effective transportation system that balances regional needs and is adequately financed to meet the state’s economic development needs.
MBR’s Transportation Task Force worked with MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollock and members of the business community throughout the legislative process to advocate for a long-term funding for transportation from transportation sources including fees, tolls and an increase in the gas tax.
The Roundtable adopted five principles for the development of a sustainable, long-term transportation finance plan:
- Revenue and investment decisions must be made to promote economic competitiveness and improve the perception of the Commonwealth as a place to do business, not harm them.
- There needs to be a clearly articulated plan and vision for the investment of new revenues, with clear metrics and performance measures, particularly focused and prioritized on meaningful investments in transportation.
- Clear evidence of improvements at MassDOT—in the past and going forward—is imperative, including effective resource management, greater performance measurement, efficient service delivery, better use of technology and increased transparency throughout the agency.
- Priority should be given to the maintenance and improvement of existing transportation infrastructure in the near term.
- Any investment of new revenue must be dedicated solely for transportation purposes and distributed equitably across the Commonwealth.