Dukakis, Weld urge transportation board to get moving on north-south rail link (Boston Globe 11/20/18)
More than 20 years since either served in office, former governors Michael Dukakis and William Weld on Monday urged the state transportation department to link Boston’s northern and southern suburbs with a new rail tunnel under the city.
Dukakis, a Democrat, and Weld, a former Republican, both played critical roles in planning downtown Boston’s last tunnel project, the Big Dig. On Monday, they argued to the transportation department’s governing board, it’s time for the next one.
“If I express a sense of impatience, I am impatient, folks,” Dukakis said. “As you get to be 85, you’ve got to kind of confront your mortality a little bit. And I just think this is a very, very urgent issue. . . . I think it’s time now to get moving.”
This late stage of Dukakis’s career has been consumed by support for the so-called North-South Rail Link, especially since he and Weld sought to stir public debate with a joint op-ed in theGlobe in 2015. Last week, Dukakis drove around the region in a 1949 car as a way to demonstrate transportation woes. (read more)
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