Friday, June 19, 2009

Recognizing 'compelling case' for discount

Outspoken Turnpike Authority board member Mary Connaughton had an op-ed piece in yesterday's Boston Globe in which she recognized that the agency's days are numbered and advocated that tolls be eliminated on the pike. She also mentioned the residential toll discount, admitting that "the program may have merit and the residents of East Boston argue a compelling case..."

Connaughton believes that the discount should be funded directly from the state rather than from other tolls, as such policies tend to pit regions against each other. Whatever the mechanism, it is nice to see someone who doesn't benefit from the program stand up for the legitimacy of it.

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