Boston – Mike Lake, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, released his plan on Thursday to address transportation throughout the Commonwealth.
“Since I launched this campaign, I have traveled throughout the state and spoken with folks in our communities around the Commonwealth. With each conversation and campaign stop, I’ve become convinced that to spur economic development and create more opportunities for working families we must invest in transportation.”
Key features of the plan include advocating for increased public funding for rail and advocating for increased support for transportation cooperation among the Boston-area universities and colleges.
“Transportation and economic mobility go hand-in-hand,” Lake said. “Better transportation is how we create regional equity.”
A former appointee in the Clinton Administration, Mike Lake is the President and CEO of Leading Cities. He launched his campaign for Lieutenant Governor in March 2013 and has amassed support from activists, business leaders, labor unions, social justice organizations and major leaders, including former Governor Michael Dukakis.
A Transportation System for All Citizens
Transportation is critical for economic growth and opportunity in Massachusetts. A first class transit system coupled with well-maintained roads and bridges provides economic opportunity for every citizen and makes Massachusetts even more appealing to businesses around the globe.
My transportation plan focuses on economic development opportunities and regional equity.
High Speed Rail:
Connecting economic hubs throughout Massachusetts and north east region through high speed rail would increase commerce and allow businesses to expand outside of major city boundaries.
Accelerated Bridge Program:
These are shovel ready jobs that directly impact the transit of thousands around the Commonwealth. Many of our bridges require significant repair or must be completely replaced.
Regional Transit Authorities:
Many residents throughout the Commonwealth depend on public transit every day. The state is larger than just the Boston metropolitan area and we must adequately invest in RTAs throughout the Commonwealth to ensure that everyone is afforded fair and proper access to service.
South Coast Rail:
This is the single most important investment we can make in the economic development of southeastern Massachusetts. The rail line would serve as a direct link to the largest city in New England.
North-South Rail Link:
This project will finally close the one mile gap between North and South Stations, take approximately 60,000 cars off the road every day, and make it possible for Amtrak to run high speed trains through north of Boston to through New England and, ultimately, Montreal.
Given the number of institutions of higher education in Massachusetts, we have an opportunity to establish a U-Pass Program like the one created in Chicago. This program would generate revenue for our Regional Transit Authorities and the MBTA, while encouraging students, faculty and staff to use public transportation.
The pathway to sustained economic development and regional equity is through an increase in state and federal funding for transportation. An investment in transportation will ultimately serve as a job creator now and a revenue generator for the Commonwealth. We must view transportation as more than a means to move people and good but as a means to provide economic mobility.