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I noticed an interesting initiative by Cambridge in the Boston Globe recently.

Cambridge is dependent on the T to prevent total gridlock in its rapidly expanding business areas. But getting the T to meet expanding commuter needs is a difficult lift, given the MBTA’s well-publicized operating and capital deficits.

So Cambridge is talking about levying a fee on development of new office and business space to fund the needed T improvements.

Newton & Needham businesses along the N2 corridor already pay for a shuttle for employees. I’ve always wondered if a T expansion might be a more efficient and equitable solution (currently, if you don’t work for someone on the corridor who funds the shuttle, you can’t use it. Wouldn’t it be better to have it available to all?).

What do you think?







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