By Michael Norton, State House New Service / Norwood Transcript
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said the business-backed group has not taken a position on the rail link project, but called it "far too expensive to ever imagine it would be built." "It will be at least 4 or 5 or 6 billion dollars," Widmer said. "We simply don’t have those funds. In theory, would it be desirable? Yes.
Bagley acknowledged that it will be a jarring one-two-three punch for motorists next year, when the gas tax increase of 2013 and the registry fee hike of 2014 will probably be followed by higher tolls.
The MassDOT board will have to carefully consider the parameters that a new rail operator must meet under a longer initial contractual period of eight years versus five years under the current agreement.
The Transportation Finance Commission was created as an independent body to examine and evaluate the financial health of the State's transportation agencies and authorities, and make recommendations based on their findings.