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TheWayForward_Jan13

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The Way Forward:A 21
st
- CenturyTransportation Plan
MassDOT Board of Directors
John R. Jenkins, Chair Richard A. Davey, Secretary & CEOFerdinand Alvaro Joseph C. Bonfiglio Janice Loux  Alan G. Macdonald  Andrew Whittle
 
Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray, and Secretary Davey at the opening of the John C. Olver Transit Center
 
Members of the General Court -Pursuant to Chapter 132 of the Acts of 2012, we, the members of the Board of Directors of the MassachusettsDepartment of Transportation (MassDOT), present
The Way Forward: A 21
 st 
-Century Transportation Plan
.This document describes the current state of our transportation infrastructure and details the investmentsnecessary to stabilize today’s transportation system and to build a system for the twenty-first century. Sincethe 2009 passage of transportation reform legislation, MassDOT has significantly improved its businesspractices and has invested taxpayer dollars prudently. We are committed to planning, managing, andmaintaining a statewide transportation system that is efficient and safe for our customers and employeesand that supports our economy.MassDOT, under the leadership of its Board, is committed to tangible improvements in the quality of ourroads, the safety of our bridges, the reliability of our public transit systems, and the expansion of ourbicycling and pedestrian networks. The daily commute, the ride to school, the trip to the supermarketor medical office – these trips are woven into the fabric of our lives, and they can be made tangiblyand markedly better than they are today. Every city and town in the Commonwealth deserves bettertransportation infrastructure to support its economy and quality of life, and
The Way Forward 
is a crucialstep to get us there.In 2012, the Massachusetts Legislature provided MassDOT with funding to address an immediate budgetgap at the MBTA. At the time, the Legislature also directed MassDOT to prepare
The Way Forward 
and tohold six public hearings, all in the service of identifying our long-term transportation needs. In the autumnof 2012, MassDOT launched the
Your Vision, Our Future
process, which featured seventeen public meetingsheld across the Commonwealth – opportunities for the public to discuss the needs of the transportationsystem directly with MassDOT leadership. We heard from over 1,000 transportation customers, electedofficials, business leaders, and community advocates about their vision for the future of transportation inMassachusetts, and ideas for how to equitably pay for it.
The Way Forward 
is the capstone of that effort.States across the country are facing similar transportation challenges – aging infrastructure, deferredmaintenance, and demand for new infrastructure and services. The debate can no longer be aboutwhether our transportation system needs additional resources or whether the returns to our economy andquality of life would be worth the investment. Instead, we must figure out how to make that investment –fairly, efficiently, and with an eye to the future.This plan lays out ways that we can address the gap between our transportation resources and our needs,prioritize our investments to achieve the maximum benefit for the Commonwealth, and create a world-classtransportation system that strengthens our economy and improves our quality of life. Respectfully submitted,The MassDOT Board of Directors
Letter From the MassDOT Board of Directors
Your Vision, Our Future
public listeningsessions in Pittsfield, Lynn, and Hyannis(from top)

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