Transportation Reports Still Don’t Answer Money Questions

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BOSTON (AP) — Two new reports are shining a light on Massachusetts’ aging transportation infrastructure and the continuing difficulties residents face getting from here to there.

The reports issued this week, one from the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and another issued by Senate leaders, add to the many other transportation studies that have been churned out by researchers over the past decade.

But none has answered the recurring question of how the state should pay for the world-class transportation network it seeks.

The foundation’s report suggests the problems can’t be solved by more money alone and calls for an independent commission on transportation financing.

The Senate report says most Massachusetts residents are both dissatisfied with the state’s overall transportation system and willing to pay more in taxes and fees to make it better.

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