Adequate transportation and infrastructure are issues of social and economic justice. Accessible, affordable transportation is a prerequisite to healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities. But like so many of our public systems, our transportation infrastructure is rife with structural inequities that perpetuate economic and racial disparities. Poor communities, communities of color, immigrant neighborhoods, rural communities, and people with disabilities are disproportionately burdened by unreliable transit options and the public health and safety dangers of congested roads. For too long, our government has failed to invest adequately in transportation and infrastructure to rectify these inequities.
Joe believes all levels of government must step up to pursue transportation policies that are equitable, accessible, and sustainable. He advocates for improving public transit options within our cities to ensure access to jobs, education, health care, and other critical services. That includes not only fixing the T so that it functions reliably, but expanding safe bike lanes, improving bus routes, and increasing shared mobility options. Suburban and rural communities deserve good access to transit, too. Joe is a vocal proponent of projects to expand regional access to our Commonwealth’s economic hubs, including the East-West rail and the South Coast rail.
Joe also understands that transportation equity is fundamental to environmental justice. As he travels around the Commonwealth throughout his campaign, Joe continues to hear from the frontline communities bearing the brunt of the environmental hazards from traffic congestion. From Chelsea to Springfield and East Boston to Roxbury, environmental justice communities have worse rates of asthma, heart disease, low infant birth rates, and even dementia — all linked to their proximity to highways, heavy traffic, and concentrated air pollution. With some of the worst traffic congestion and densest communities in the country, the Greater Boston area has to do more to address these public health disparities.
Transportation is also the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, both in Massachusetts and across the country. The Trump Administration is working to roll back auto emissions standards at a time when our federal government needs to be doing the opposite. Joe believes we should be encouraging and promoting the adoption of cleaner vehicles, especially electric vehicles. He believes it is past time for the federal government to make the necessary investment in transportation and infrastructure, not only to remedy economic disparities but to provide economic opportunity, jumpstarting needed public works projects that have the potential to create thousands of good jobs across the Commonwealth.