The Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on
LinkedIn
+

Taking advantage of the public comment period, Pioneer Institute is today releasing its recommendations to the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Transportation.  The suggestions cover governance, budgeting and operations, the role of public transit during a period of transformative change and maintaining a focus on increasing MBTA ridership.

In terms of governance, Pioneer recommends combining “tight” oversight structures such as the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board for each MassDOT agency, and a “loose” board composed of the chairs of each agency board to coordinate operations.

When it comes to budgeting and operations, transportation agencies should be empowered to seek efficiencies and pursue innovation.  To eliminate massive backlogs and improve service, maintenance should be the top priority within agency budgets.

Massachusetts and the nation are in the early stages of a mobility revolution fueled by rapid private-sector technological advances. The Commonwealth should adopt regulatory frameworks that facilitate rather than block these innovations, and performance benchmarking should be used to guide policy during this period of intense disruption.

Finally, Pioneer urges the MBTA to stay focused on growing ridership.  After a $2 billion improvement program is completed in 2024-25, capacity will increase by 50 percent on the Red Line and 40 percent on the Orange Line, enough to reduce traffic congestion, increase revenue and produce environmental benefits.

Get Updates on Our Transportation Research

Related Posts:

Putting The T On A Clear Path To High Performance

/
Pioneer Institute recently submitted public testimony to the…

Study Finds MBTA Had Nation’s Highest Bus Maintenance Costs In 2015

Reducing costs to average of the most similar U.S. transit systems…

The Power of Competition at the T

/
In 2015, right after record-setting snowfall shut down the region's…

Getting the T Back on Track

The reforms that the Massachusetts Legislature advanced at the…

Public Statement on Nonrenewal of Keolis Commuter Rail Contract

Pioneer Institute welcomes the news that the MBTA will not renew…

Pioneer Institute Statement On The MBTA Contract With The Carmen's Union

In February 2015, Pioneer Institute issued a statement citing…

Study Calls For Steps Toward Terminating Troubled MBTA Retirement Fund

The MBTA should assess the feasibility of moving its employees out of the Social Security system and transfer investment management responsibility for its pension fund to the commonwealth’s Pension Reserves Investment Management board as initial steps toward terminating the MBTA Retirement Fund

Study Urges New MBTA Strategic Plan to Focus on Attracting More Riders

Increased ridership would boost revenue, reduce congestion and…

MBTA Analysis Offers Data Comparisons between MBTA & Other Transit Agencies Nationwide

Pioneer Institute is unveiling “MBTAanalysis.com,” a web-based data tool that provides year-by-year comparative data and performance ratings for the MBTA and other transit agencies across the country.

The Future of the MBTA

/
Last year the legislature created the MBTA Fiscal and Management…

Lessons Learned during Summer Travels: BRT in Curitiba, Brazil

/
Boston is a city with rich history, vibrant cultural traditions,…

Outsourcing bus services is—by now—conventional wisdom

/
Outsourcing bus services is—by now—conventional wisdom As…

A Change in Toll Collection

/
For more information on Massachusetts' new tolling system, read…

What to expect with all-electronic tolling

/
This blog is a summary of the changes an all-electronic tolling…

Could Bus Rapid Transit Be the Future of Public Transportation in Boston?

/
As the Greater Boston Area continues to grow, it is important…

No Ban for TNCs at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

/
While there has been much discussion about whether or not transportation…

Study: Expand Use of Transponder Technology to Parking, Other Non-Tolling Services

Report calls for creation of single account to simplify customer…

Update on the State of the Green Line Extension

/
The idea for the Green Line Extension (GLX) has been around for…