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View Diary: Gov. Deval Patrick's bold plan to raise revenue and invest in Massachusetts' future (96 comments)

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  •  Our Subway System is Terrible (0+ / 0-)

    I would be paying considerably more taxes under this plan.  If a substantial amount of the revenue generated was devoted toward upgrading/replacing/extending our public transportation system, I would gladly pay that money.

    I go to work on the Red Line of our subway system in Boston.  This line I would consider the 'best' of our subway system, because the trains travel fairly fast and there aren't a million stops.  But even so, I would guess about one out of every ten trips or so gets significantly delayed and we are told, "Sorry for the delay, there is a disabled train."  Sometimes you'll end up waiting for 45 minutes under ground, just sitting there.  Fun.

    Our subway system also shuts down just before midnight every night.  A friend told me that the reason for this is that they have to send work crews onto the tracks every night to fix all the crap that got broken that day.

    •  Your subway system (0+ / 0-)

      refers to only one urban area in the Commonwealth.

      We can have change for the better.

      by phillies on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:35:02 AM PST

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      •  Right (0+ / 0-)

        The subway in the greater Boston area is the piece of the public transportation system that I use the most and have personal experience with.

        I have no doubt that the public transportation throughout the rest of the state needs substantial improvements and expansion as well, but I don't have any personal experience there.  I'm a big fan of pretty much any infrastructure spending, across the board.

    •  Blame the Big Dig (0+ / 0-)

      A lot of Big Dig debt was somehow laid on the shoulders of the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the public transit agency for greater Boston). Money that might have gone for maintenance of way or to replace 40-year-old equipment has instead been paying for highway debt.

      The Big Dig is evil. It was vetoed by Ronald Reagan in one of his few moments of sanity; then Congress overrode his veto (unless I misremember, it was the only Reagan veto overridden by Congress).

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