Initiative threatens transportation infrastructure and public safety

Mass. Senator Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury

Mass. Senator Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury

State Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) today announced his support of the statewide, grassroots campaign to defeat Question 1, a ballot initiative that would eliminate more than a billion dollars in transportation funding over the next decade.

“With many of the Commonwealth’s roads and bridges structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, Massachusetts is at risk of not attracting businesses, not remaining competitive in the 21st Century economy and risking the safety of residents,” said Senator Moore. “If Question 1 passes, with construction costs expected to increase approximately 3% annually over the next few years, Massachusetts will not be able to keep up with this growth in costs. I ask voters to vote no on Question 1 to ensure the Commonwealth will have the adequate resources for critical transportation investments that will help grow the economy, attract businesses, create jobs and prevent a potential threat to motorists.”

The Transportation Finance Act of 2013 used gas indexing to provide dedicated funding to fix Massachusetts roads, bridges, and public transportation system. According to the Federal Highway Administration, Massachusetts ranks second-worst among the 50 states for deficient or obsolete bridges.

The Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges is a coalition of consumers, elected officials, environmental and municipal interests, chambers of commerce and businesses who recognize the severe public safety crisis Massachusetts is facing with our deteriorating roads and bridges. The Committee is working to defeat ballot Question 1 on November 4th to ensure Massachusetts has a reliable funding source to fix our unsafe roads and bridges. More information on Massachusetts roads and bridges can be found on the Committee’s website at saferoadsbridges.com.