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2016 News in Brief



Fred Salvucci talks transportation on NPR’s Here and Now

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Senior Lecturer Fred Salvucci’s recent interview by NPR Here and Now host Jeremy Hobson aired Wednesday, April 13. The feature, “Public Transportation In America: How It Stalled And Where It’s Going,” describes how fifty years ago the money Massachusetts received for new equipment of both commuter rail and rapid transit, and the renovation and expansion of the track and infrastructure, all came from funding the Commonwealth got in lieu of the interstate highway funds for the Inner Belt and Southwest expressway that were not accepted by the state. Salvucci cautioned that we cannot repeat that process today, because current funds are needed for existing infrastructure to be repaired and upgraded. He added, “What’s been missing for a couple of decades really is the serious kind of bipartisan support for building infrastructure.” Listen to highlights of the radio report.