By PBN Staff
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is looking to manage a deficit of $161 million in its fiscal 2013 budget by cutting back on its service to Rhode Island while increasing fares.
Unfortunately for the Ocean State, commuter rail service is a key component of the state’s economic development plans, as well as an important recruiting tool for many companies here.
Rhode Island already transfers some of its federal transportation funding to the MBTA for various projects. Should the state invest more in the agency’s operations to make sure that rail service is not trimmed (if not increased)?