Tax increases sought to fix MBTA

BOSTON (WWLP) – Repeat snowstorms and frigid temperatures crippled Boston’s public transportation system this winter, and business and community leaders are pushing for improvements to see that this doesn’t happen again.

Business and municipal leaders gathered outside a “T” station in downtown Boston Wednesday to push for a complete overhaul of the transit authority. The group believes more state funding is needed to improve public transportation, and they plan to get that money by raising taxes, fees or tolls.

Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council President Rick Sullivan stressed the need to improve public transit in Boston, as well as expanding improvements to the Pioneer Valley. 22News asked Sullivan if he would be in support of raising revenues to do such a project.

“If they want to do those reforms along with a funding source, that’s going to mean a real funding source including the western Massachusetts projects, then that’s something we can get behind,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan added that new developments, such as MGM’s Springfield casino, will make the demand for public transportation even greater.

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