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Transportation Secretary Pollack speaks out on Green Line funds

“Pollack: More Green Line funds needed” (CommonWealth Magazine)

“As I’ve said repeatedly, the option of halting the project remains on the table until or unless we can develop a fiscally-responsible approach to completing the project,” Pollack told the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets. “If the project is to continue, I must emphasize that the Commonwealth’s contribution may well need to increase beyond the $1.2 billion that was authorized in the 2014 transportation bond bill. If that is the case, we would be seeking additional bond authorization from the Legislature.”

“The Green Line Extension is an important investment with real economic, transportation, and environmental benefits – not just for Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford but for the Commonwealth,” Pollack said. “But, if the Commonwealth’s contribution is to increase, we need to know that there is agreement that such an increased contribution is supported not just by the MBTA but by the Legislature.”

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