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Would You Pay To Beat Traffic? Mass. Considers Tolled Express Lanes To Curb Congestion

Sep 5 2019

By Zeninjor Enwemeka, WBUR

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says express lanes are worth exploring but the state should also try to get people to ditch their cars altogether by adding tolls. "There are a lot of roads in Massachusetts that we don't toll that we could use that money to help invest in public transit to accelerate the improvements and the modernization so that we have public transit as a viable alternative," says McAnneny, who was also vice chair of the governor's commission on the future of transportation.
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Is Baker’s $18 billion bond bill a game changer for commuters?

Jul 31 2019

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

“The question is: Is it enough money for what? To deliver a 21st century transportation system, perhaps not,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Does it fund the capital investment plan and put us on the way? Yes.”
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Five transportation assignments for Legislature

Feb 19 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

A shared commitment by business and legislative leadership and other stakeholders to making measurable progress on the Commonwealth’s transportation agenda in the next 2-3 years with the commission’s report serving as the road map could be revolutionary indeed.
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Coming Up: Yet Another State Report On Transportation Needs

Dec 1 2018

By Bob Salsberg, AP / WBUR

An analysis last year by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation showed capital spending on transportation doubled in the 10 years following that report, and the state spent $16 billion on roads and bridges. Still, infrastructure woes have persisted and in some cases mounted, in part due to the failure of the Boston-area transit system known as the T to curtail operating expenses, the group said.
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Transportation commission won’t look at revenues, financing

Feb 8 2018

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

The idea for the commission came from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which released a report in late September suggesting that a third transportation finance commission was needed because existing revenues were uncertain, particularly because of cutbacks in federal spending and the rise of ride-sharing and electric vehicles, both of which have the potential to upend funds coming in from the gas tax, the motor vehicles sales tax, and Registry and inspection fees.
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Baker launches commission to study transportation needs

Jan 23 2018

By Adam Vaccaro, The Boston Globe

One member of the new commission, Eileen McAnneny, is the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed watchdog group. Last fall, the group published a report that called on the state to incorporate climate change into its planning, it would risk “exposing our transportation systems to potentially catastrophic damage or investing in obsolete assets.” The report also said the state could see lowered transportation-related revenue if electric-powered vehicles and ride-hailing services lead to lower gas tax collections and fees associated with car ownership.
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New transportation commission assigned post-election deadline

Jan 23 2018

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

The administration first announced it would create this transportation review commission in September, after the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report that was critical of the state for not having an updated blueprint of how it is going to address transportation infrastructure and financing needs in the next decade, saying such a blueprint is needed given the advances in technology and climate change.
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State still waiting for promised transportation panel

Jan 4 2018

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Salem News

When she announced the commission at a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation forum, Polito said the governor would sign an executive order "in the coming weeks" and that the commission would "further review, analyze and better inform the state's transportation capital needs," and look at how state revenues – the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, for instance – could shift along with changes in transportation and technology.
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Viewpoint: Transportation costs still unknown, and that needs to change

Nov 9 2017

By Eileen McAnneny, BBJ

We do not know the all-in price to fix the state’s existing infrastructure or the additional costs of the many expansions being considered, but we should. We do not know what transportation revenues will be available over the next five years and beyond, so we must begin considering alternatives. That is why developing a comprehensive blueprint, that expressly and publicly prioritizes investments factoring in the dynamic impacts from climate change and technology along with a reliable and sustainable way to pay for these improvements is critical in this era of transition. Simply put, we must get smarter, faster. Our economy and quality of life depend upon it.
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MBTA spokeswoman: 'It's more than trust us'

Nov 7 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Daily Report

That announcement came after the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report critical of the state for not having an updated blueprint of how it is going to address transportation infrastructure and financing needs in the next decade, saying such a blueprint is desperately needed given the advances in technology and climate change.
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