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Governor’s Transportation Funding Task Force Convenes for Its Inaugural Meeting

Governor Healey’s newly-created Transportation Funding Task Force, which will make recommendations for a more sustainable long-term source of public revenues for the MBTA and other statewide transportation projects, will meet for the first time Thursday afternoon.

The administration will swear in nominees and host a press availability before an introductory orientation session at 3 p.m. in the board room of the State Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza, following a meeting of the MBTA board of directors.

The force

In the executive order forming the task force, Gov. Healey directed the group to "review current and projected revenue sources for transportation funding and consider their adequacy to meet long-term transportation funding needs."

The order also noted that "a comprehensive transportation finance plan must include long-term measures to address the critical transportation investment needs and deferred maintenance backlogs facing the Commonwealth."

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt will chair the task force.

Administration and Finance Secretary Matthew Gorzkowicz will serve as the group's Vice Chair.

The full list of members has been appended below, at the end of this article.

The task

As reported previously, the MBTA needs about $25 billion to attain a full "state of good repair," and the agency's current rate of capital spending – which ranges from $1.5 to $2 billion per year – isn't keeping pace with its aging infrastructure, which require more and more maintenance with each passing year.

Without new revenues, the T also expects growing shortfalls in its day-to-day operations budget. In a recent financial report, MBTA officials predicted that the agency's annual budget deficit could be up to $209 million in 2025, and increase to up to $901 million by 2029.

Finally, the Commonwealth will also need to find a replacement for its gasoline tax revenues, which will dwindle to zero if the Healey administration succeeds in its climate goals.

Massachusetts collected $612 million in fuel taxes in 2023.

The roster

  • Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Transportation Secretary and CEO, Task Force Chair
  • Matt Gorzkowicz, Administration and Finance Secretary, Task Force Vice Chair
  • Ed Augustus, Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities
  • Lauren Jones, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Yvonne Hao, Secretary of Executive Office of Economic Development
  • Rebecca Tepper, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Melissa Hoffer, Climate Chief
  • Quentin Palfrey, Director of Federal Funds and Infrastructure
  • General Manager Phil Eng, MBTA
  • Brendan Crighton, Senate Chair of Transportation
  • William Straus, House Chair of Transportation
  • Jonathan Butler, 1Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Karen Courtney, AFL-CIO
  • Rebecca Davis-Carden, Mass Competitive Partnership
  • Jeita Deng, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Kate Dineen, A Better City
  • Linda Dunlavy, Mass Association of RPAs
  • Melissa Fales, Quaboag Valley CDC
  • Alejandro Guardiola, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Douglas Howgate, Mass Taxpayers Foundation
  • Brian Kane, MBTA Advisory Board
  • Isabel Lopez, Brockton Worker's Alliance
  • Jeff Mahoney, Construction Industries of Massachusetts
  • Mayor Mike Nicholson, Mass Municipal Association
  • Paul Niedzwiecki, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
  • Jason Palitsch, 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership
  • Jim Rooney, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Sandra Sheehan, Mass Association of RTAs
  • Amie Shei, T4MA
  • Lisa Stiglich, 128 Business Council
  • Brooke Thomson, Associated Industries of Massachusetts


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