Blue Ribbon Summit on transportation financing

With all the coverage of MBTA financing recently, we wanted to point out excellent material that came out of a summit at Northeastern University in 2010. There are some good ideas in here about T financing. For each of the most commonly discussed options, it includes the current Massachusetts policy, how it is used in other states, its advantages and disadvantages, and a financial analysis. The options are:

  • Increasing the gasoline tax
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Tax
  • Increasing local funding for transit
  • Parking fees and taxes
  • Cross-subsidies for transit
  • Leveraging private investment
  • MBTA debt relief
  • MBTA operational efficiencies
  • Increasing fare revenue

Read more about the effort or download the summary and framework reports.