Some key points:
- Transportation reform legislation has to happen now, he says, because many legislators wouldn't vote for anything that looks like a tax increase in an election year, and that if we wait two more years to do it, he thinks we're fucked.
- 19 cent increase in the gas tax, the largest chunk of which would go towards saving the MBTA
- MBTA pension and benefits reform: Currently, T employees get a much better deal than other state employees; they're going to phase that out.
- The Turnpike Authority will have to raise tolls a lot, but if the gas tax increase passes, then not only will the toll increase not happen, but they'll also get rid of tolls past route 128.
- Combine the state's various transportation agencies into one, which includes abolishing the Turnpike Authority (we've heard about this idea on the news)
- He wants to experiment with partially replacing the gas tax with a mileage tax, as Oregon is doing - it seems to be successful there.
They're going to set up a new web site with information about all of this transit reform stuff at http://www.youmovemassachusetts.org/ but it doesn't appear to be up yet.
Update: "All politics is personal."