Officials considering new ways to improve state’s transportation system

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They’re considering other ways to improve the state’s transportation system as well. 

In an effort to generate revenue without raising taxes, lawmakers are considering an expansion of tolls on roads through the state, an increase in the tolls we pay, and possibly adding an extra fee for commuters during peak hours so-called “congestion pricing.”

Lawmakers also said they want to improve the state’s public transportation systems.

“With regards to spending on transportation more generally I would just remind people that our plan is to spend almost $8 billion on public transportation over the next five years,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. 

The House Ways and Means Committee cut Gov. Baker’s spending proposal by $18 million but House Speaker Robert DeLeo reassured residents that a comprehensive transportation bill will be coming later in the session. 

The House’s finalized a budget proposal is headed to the Senate where president Karen Spilka said all tolling options are still on the table. 

The latest transportation proposal aims to increase the number of tolls on Interstate 90, while possibly adding tolls along the Massachusetts border. 

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