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Letters | NEW TAXES FOR ROADS AND TRAINS?

Better trains and buses will cut the state’s carbon emissions

THE NEWS that Governor Patrick is on the verge of bringing forward a proposal to address the systemic shortfall in transportation funding suggests we are on the verge of addressing a long-standing problem (“Tax hike on the table for roads and transit,” Page A1, Nov. 17).

Increasing revenue makes sense given reforms implemented in recent years creating a more rational and efficient system, ensuring that additional revenue will be spent in a more effective manner. Expanded spending will ensure that trains and buses are there when we need them and that roads are well maintained — essential ingredients for thriving communities and a productive economy.

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Massachusetts has made a commitment to slash the pollution causing global warming, a decision that looks even smarter in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as we eye the rising seas that threaten our coastal communities. Meeting that commitment means confronting emissions from transportation. A robust and growing transit system will be part of meeting that challenge.

Seth Kaplan

Vice president for policy
and climate advocacy

Conservation Law
Foundation

Boston

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