Dear Governor Baker, Secretary of Transportation Pollock and MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board,
MBTA services are an integral part of the South Shore economy and the region’s future. For many years housing, commercial development and municipal planning have been shaped by or even organized around transit sites and services. We are concerned that some of the proposed changes in services may have negative consequences that will be felt long after the current budget problems.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has urged the MBTA and Baker Administration to weigh their actions for short-term cost savings against future costs of restoring services as well as the economic impact of losing services for an extended period. The Chamber requests the Baker Administration focus on balancing the impact of transit cuts against other Administration priorities beyond transportation. These interests include housing production, environmental goals, economic development, and strong communities.
As businesses and residents, we ask both the MBTA and the Administration to preserve the services necessary for broad re-opening of the economy. This includes adequately assessing the impact on regional economy, by planning when and how services will be restored.
The South Shore Chamber Business Community and Residents