Legislative plan could endanger Green Line funding
Boston Globe: “MBTA: Legislative transit plan would cost $500 million in Green Line project funding”
“The proposal released yesterday does not appear to provide funding for the MBTA’s ‘state of good repair,’ work, meaning the Federal Transit Administration is not likely to fund any portion of the cost of the $1.3 billion project,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an email. “Because the Commonwealth is legally obligated to extend the Green Line, $1.3 billion in state funding will be necessary to move the project forward.”
Meanwhile, State House News Service reported that Patrick administration officials were warning that the plan proposed by legislative leaders would eventually force “steep” fare and toll hikes as well as force the state to pick up a larger share of the Green Line project.