|The state of Massachusetts' infrastructure|
(By Mac Daniel, Globe Staff, 3/29/07)
The Commonwealth's transportation systems are in deep financial crisis, with a shortfall of nearly $20 billion over the next 20 years just for necessary maintenance and repairs, even without a single new highway or rail project, a state report warned.
(By Mac Daniel, Globe Staff, 4/10/07)
Lawmakers on a legislative Transportation Committee, wary of being forced to bail out state transportation agencies with unpopular new taxes and tolls, questioned the findings of a report that said Massachusetts roadways and rail systems need an appropriation of as much as $19 billion to keep them from falling into dangerous disrepair.
(By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff, 4/27/07)
Governor Deval Patrick's transportation secretary has quietly set up an informal panel to help him set priorities for funding future projects. Members include several private-sector consultants whose companies or clients could benefit financially from the policies they recommend.
(By David Westerling and Steve Poftak, Boston Globe, 7/31/07)
One hundred years ago, more than 100,000 people attended the grand opening of what is now the Longfellow Bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge. A century later, there is little to celebrate, as this grand structure has become a symbol of Massachusetts's failure to maintain the $25 billion worth of its infrastructure assets.
(By Bernard Cohen, Boston Globe, 7/17/07)
With the construction phase of the Big Dig substantially complete, the project that dominated state transportation policy for two decades and five administrations is moving into the rearview mirror. Massachusetts is on the threshold of a new era in transportation.
(By Joseph M. Giglio, Boston Globe, 5/24/07)
Transportation has been in the headlines a lot lately, and the news has been bad. Governments across the nation are wrestling with questions about how to fund new transit lines or whether to raise revenue by leasing toll highways to private operators. To successfully confront these issues, we must address a series of critical strategic questions.
(By Tom Keane, Boston Globe, 9/10/06)
The problems with the Big Dig are not a result of our politics, our mores, or even our recognition of same-sex marriage. They are, instead, engineering problems, the kind of engineering problems that happen all the time, all over the country.