The Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure has been eroding for decades, but a particularly harsh winter has brought greater attention to its shortcomings. Without a strong transportation system, we jeopardize our economic opportunities, keeping people from working and spending across the state.
While much of the focus has been on the failings at the MBTA, Worcester County has been equally plagued by transportation issues. The Worcester-Framingham line of the commuter rail is notoriously unreliable. Beyond the typical delays and overcrowding, it is the only line susceptible to delays due to heat.
The state recently contracted a new operator for the commuter rail, and Senator Moore is committed to using this opportunity to improve the commuter rail service for the residents of the Second Worcester District. Worcester is New England’s second largest city, and has the economic, academic, and community potential to benefit all of Massachusetts. But that does require improved transportation services to connect Worcester with the rest of the Commonwealth. Advocacy efforts of Senator Moore and local officials helped lead to non-stop service to Boston, and the addition of more express trains, as of May 2016.
Senator Moore is also a strong advocate for local transportation priorities that allow municipalities to ease the travel difficulties of residents. These include targeted efforts like improved signage and pedestrian accommodations, as well as large scale projects that can be transformative for our communities.
In many cases, these projects are necessary for the economic success and safety of our communities. Without the commitment of state resources to remedy the existing issues with the transportation infrastructure, we are risking the prospects of our residents. However, it is also essential that we apply these resources in a responsible manner, that doesn’t create additional burdens for our citizens.