Help fix our transportation mess: Support Gov. Patrick’s bill!

Act Now!

We urge you to contact your legislators to let them know you want them to fix the state’s transportation infrastructure and address the needed revenues to adequately fund public transportation across the state.
What can you do to voice your support now?
Call, email or write the chairs and members of the Joint Transportation Committee, the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees, and the Chairs of the Revenue Committees. (See contact information after the link below).
Go to the State House on Thursday, March 11th at 1 PM. to attend the Public Hearing on the Transportation Bill at the State House in Room I-A. Tell the Committee why it must pass the legislation and not reduce the gas tax increase the Governor has proposed.

What is at stake for the citizens and economy of the Commonwealth if we do not address the state’s current & future transportation needs?
The gas tax increase seems like a lot of money, but 19 cents per gallon is just enough for the state to:

  • Maintain current MBTA service and not raise MBTA fares, otherwise we will see major service reductions along with higher fares
  • Fix roads and bridges in desperate need of repair because maintenance has been deferred, otherwise we will pay for more expensive emergency repairs – such as on the Longfellow Bridge — but will not achieve a 21st century transportation system,
  • Avoid unfairly instituting excessive tolls on the users of the Mass Pike and airport tunnels
  • Ensure adequate operating funding for the MBTA so that it will be able to provide service on the Green Line extensions in Somerville even if the state gets federal funding to construct the lines through Somerville
  • Provide much needed public transportation across the state through the Regional Transportation Authorities.
  • Initiate the “Healthy Transportation Compact” to bring the Secretaries of Transportation, Health, and Environment together to set policies to “coordinate land use, transportation, and public health policy.”
  • Ensure that the transportation system supports sound economic development throughout the state
    Legislative Contact Information
    House Staff: Room 134, State House
    Boston, MA 02133 House Staff Telephone: (617) 722-2400
    Senate Staff: Room 208, State House
    Boston, MA 02133 Senate Staff Telephone: (617) 722-1604
    Members appointed to the committee:
    Co- Chair: Baddour of First Essex
    Flanagan of Worcester and Middlesex
    Petruccelli of Suffolk and Middlesex
    McGee of Third Essex and Middlesex
    Montigny of Second Bristol and Plymouth
    Timilty of Bristol and Norfolk
    Hedlund of Plymouth and Norfolk
    Co-Chair: Wagner of Chicopee
    Vice Chair: Sciortino of Medford
    Fennell of Lynn
    Fresolo of Worcester
    Canessa of New Bedford
    Provost of Somerville
    Fernandes of Milford
    Sandlin of Agawam
    Basile of Boston
    Ehrlich of Marblehead
    Bowles of Attleboro
    Peterson of Grafton
    Humason of Westfield
    Boston, MA 02133
    Telephone: (617) 722-1481
    It shall be the duty of the committee on Ways and Means to consider all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred thereto.
    Members appointed to the committee:
    Chair: Panagiotakos of First Middlesex
    Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin
    Chandler of First Worcester
    Baddour of First Essex
    Creem of First Middlesex and Norfolk
    Downing of Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin
    Fargo of Third Middlesex
    HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS, Room 237, State House
    Boston, MA 02133
    Telephone: (617) 722-2380
    It shall be the duty of the committee on Ways and Means to consider all legislation affecting the finances of the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred thereto.
    Members appointed to the committee:
    Chair: Murphy of Burlington of Winthrop – Chair
    L’Italien of Andover of Boston – Vice Chair
    Kulik of Worthington of Franklin – Assistant Vice-Chair
    Scaccia of Boston
    Fox of Boston
    Koczera of New Bedford
    Canavan of Brockton
    Fagan of Taunton
    Quinn of Dartmouth
    Garry of Dracut
    Creedon of Brockton
    Rodrigues of Westport
    Balser of Newton
    Timilty of Milton
    Kane of Holyoke
    Donelan of Orange
    Lantigua of Lawrence
    Rush of Boston
    Driscoll of Braintree
    Guyer of Dalton
    Sciortino of Medford
    Sannicandro of Ashland
    Welch of West Springfield
    Speranzo of Pittsfield
    Rice of Gardner
    Conroy of Wayland
    deMacedo of Plymouth
    Hargraves of Groton
    Perry of Sandwich
    Polito of Shrewsbury
    Smola of Palmer
    Webster of Pembroke