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Transit expansion is not worth the cost

RE “Transportation proposal comes with a price” (Metro, Jan. 22): The governor has proposed to raise yearly tax revenue by $1.9 billion for education, highway repair, and the repair and expansion of public transportation.

Transportation expenditures are to include a pay-down of MBTA debt (not priced), the repair of existing infrastructure and fleet (not priced), and about $3.8 billion of public transit expansion. We must repair Boston-centered infrastructure already in place and eliminate expansion. Boston and Cambridge are thriving economies, and the benefit of repair justifies its cost because it allows further growth through access to a wider labor pool.

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