MA business group outlines roadway pricing proposal for next 20 years

THE BUSINESS GROUP A Better City estimates Massachusetts will need to raise a minimum of $50 billion over the next 20 years to meet transportation needs, and is proposing a series of specific revenue measures, including increased taxes and assessments on gas; higher rideshare fees; a surcharge on commercial parking spaces; and new tolls on major highways, at the state’s borders, and at the entrance to Logan International Airport.

The group’s finance plan estimates $10 billion is needed to bring roads, bridges, tunnels, and the MBTA into a state of good repair over the next 10 years. Another $10 billion is also needed over the next decade, the group says, “to increase roadway and transit capacity across the state.” The report identifies a number of projects and initiatives that are needed but currently unfunded, including the new Allston I-90 interchange and West Station, South Station expansion, new MBTA bus maintenance facilities, a subway connection between the Red and Blue Lines, and the launch of a new subway-like commuter rail system.