Lizzi Weyant, a staff attorney who works on transportation policy for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, writes in an op-ed column:
“More than one hundred years ago, we established the first public transportation system in the country. It was amazing foresight, considering that in 2009, a thriving transportation system is the hallmark of a thriving metropolitan center. Public transportation gets traffic off of the roads and decreases congestion, cuts air pollution emitted from cars, decreases our dependence on oil, and gives everyone from students to working people to the elderly a safe way to get around.
“In short, whether you ride the T twice a day or twice a decade, it serves all of us. To keep the T on the right track, we need a smart, long-term investment in this system.”