Petition demands more state money for transportation
BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of organizations is demanding that the state spend more money on the MBTA and other parts of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Transportation for Massachusetts said on Wednesday it delivered a petition with 11,000 signatures to Gov. Charlie Baker and members of the Legislature calling for a “more reliable and safer transportation system.”
The advocates pointed to the recent weather-related breakdowns of the MBTA.
They said the state could consider steps such as reducing the transit system’s debt obligations, hiking the gasoline tax by 10 cents to pay for transportation improvements, or raising money through greater use of electronic tolling on state highways.
Baker’s state budget proposal filed Wednesday includes a $109 million increase in transportation funding, including nearly $65 in additional state support for the T.