Transportation commission slow to form
Baker aides say nothing to report 3 months after call for board
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
IN SEPTEMBER, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that Gov. Charlie Baker would sign an executive order “in the coming weeks” creating a new commission to review transportation needs and how the state could fund them.
More than three months later, as Massachusetts braces for a blizzard and commuters wonder whether they will be able to get where they need to go amid winter weather, the administration still has not established its transportation review commission.
An administration spokesperson said there was no update Wednesday and that the commission is still being developed.
The announcement came in the wake of an MTF report that was critical of the state for not having an updated blueprint of how it is going to address transportation infrastructure and financing needs in the next decade, saying such a blueprint is needed given the advances in technology and climate change.