Andrew Bagley, research director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, argues that the state's gas tax remains a viable source of funds for transportation, but the levy needs to be increased to keep up with the state's needs. "But that's going to be a real challenge for the state's leaders," he said.
"This board will bring much-needed focus, expertise, urgency, discipline and accountability to the MBTA over the next three years – powers that can be extended for another two years if deemed necessary," said Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan and Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, in a statement.
By Mayor James Dolan and Eileen McAnneny, The Boston Herald
Now legislators need to finish the job. As the Herald pointed out, additional steps, including giving the board final approval of labor contracts, the flexibility to change the fare structure at the T and more transparency into the T Retirement Fund, are essential to ensuring these reforms make the biggest possible difference.
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.