State DOT Proposes Massive Fee Increases For Massachusetts Drivers

The board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan, which outlines the state’s budgetary needs over the course of the next 10 years and beyond.

With infrastructure in need of repairs and the major city transit system steeped in billions of dollars of debt, the state may need to increase revenue from car registrations, license renewals, taxes and tolls.

The Board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan Monday, which calls for a $13 billion overall investment in state transportations systems over the next decade.

The breakdown is as follows, according to a statement associated with the plan released by Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey:

  • The state needs $684 million to operate the same systems in place today.
  • Additionally, the state needs to invest $5.2 billion over the next 10 years for repairs to roadways, highways and structurally deficient bridges.
  • The state needs $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to invest in existing transit services.
  • The state needs an additional $275 million over the next 10 years to invest in Registry and airport maintenance.
  • Overall, the plan calls for an additional $1.02 billion average investment per year.

To raise the necessary funds these recommendations will include an increase in the gas tax, payroll tax, sales tax or income tax; a new green fee on vehicle registrations; a vehicle miles traveled tax; regular and modest fare, fee and toll increases; and new tolling mechanisms, according to the statement.

“Without new revenues, the MassDOT Board of Directors will need to cut service at the MBTA and RTAs and significantly increase fares in order to approve a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1,” according to the statement.

According to a report boston.cbslocal.com, the revenue streams proposed by the DOT include the following:

  • The fee for vehicle registration would increase from $50 to $103.
  • The fee for vehicle inspections would increase from $29 to $48.
  • The fee for a Class D driver's license would increase from $50 to $136.
  • An increase for Mass Pike tolls and MBTA fares of 5 percent.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who attended a presentation of the plan Monday at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said the state is faced with difficult but necessary choices.

“What’s plain as day is that we have to make choices. We can choose to invest in ourselves, to invest in a growth strategy that has been proven time and again to work. Or we can choose to do nothing. But let us be clear: doing nothing is a choice, too,” he said. “And that choice has consequences. It means longer commutes, cuts in services, larger fare and fee increases, and a continuation of the self-defeating economics of cutting off large parts of our population from opportunity and growth.”

He concluded by saying: “I choose growth. I choose shaping our own future over letting the future happen to us.  I hope we all are ready that make that choice, and I look forward to working together with you to do so.”

Joe L January 16, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Drivers = Middle Class / Working Class ... Democrats say they don't want to raise taxes on the middle class / working class. Driving Tax/Fee increase = tax/fee increase on middle class / working class = politicians will say anything to get elected and the people of Massachusetts will keep believing the BS they dish out during elections. I'm I missing something here?
Sean January 16, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Between these new fees, the excise taxes and the new gas tax that is coming it's going to be overbearing to just own a car, which we use to go to work to pay these bills. I hope people who keep voting for the likes of Deval are happy....
Melissa Onorato DeVeau January 16, 2013 at 04:12 PM
It's Time To Move
Shaun January 16, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Shut down the T. If it's nothing but a major cost center that we can't afford, can it. It's only used by a small percentage of the state as it is. If they want to keep it running, let them pay $25 for a subway ride. How much would that free us up?
Jonathan Ciampa January 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
If the state / Deval want to keep the T operational, charge what it costs. I have to pay for all the costs associated with my car which I need to get back and forth to work. Rather than fix the problems Deval just passes the bill on down the line.
Italian Mama January 16, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Tom January 16, 2013 at 06:06 PM
The state needs...the state needs...the state needs... I need too but I have to live within my budget.
Ed walker January 16, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Is he out of his f@#$%&ing mind... people cant afford to pay and keep up with their bills now. He really does want to see crime take a rise for the worst,Because i can tell you people will do what they have to, too provide for their families. is he going to increase out rate of pay? is he going to give up his personal driver.
Tom DeVeau January 16, 2013 at 06:45 PM
I'll start here: He concluded by saying: “I choose growth. I choose shaping our own future over letting the future happen to us. I hope we all are ready that make that choice, and I look forward to working together with you to do so.” Maybe it would have been a good idea to shape our future decades ago. Big government equals big taxes. The severe mismanagement of funds IS NOT corrected by TAKING more money from the American people. The correction to the problem is to scale back the spending, cut government jobs, and open up all jobs for bids.
Theresa Gilman January 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
As a wise man I know pointed out, once again we - all over the state - are being asked to pay for problems that primarily exist for the city of Boston. Fair? Also, a fee/tax on older cars + higher gas tax + plus higher fees for license and inspections = poor people unable to afford to have a car. Without a car, how do the working poor continue to be "working"?
Robert L Homeyer January 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM
This is ridiculous. Cut the social programs and the illegals will leave the state allowing our tax dollars to be used to support the rest of us.
Adam January 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Imagine how the people in the western and central part of the state feel... They're getting screwed royally.. They will probably never ride the T and never benefit from these transportation programs... Not to mention this money will be so mismanaged. Contracts will go to companies from politicians and state employees that are getting kickbacks. Union workers will be getting paid for an 8 hour day, while they sit on their ass for 4 of those hours... It's just sad. I guess we are the minority... The majority continues to vote in these cronies...
Who Me? January 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The State already has enough money to fund the needed road work. They waste the majority of it. For example, how much money is being wasted on the sound barrier wall along 93 at Dascomb Road? Why? Deval is a Socialist and Socialist believe in the Lenin Doctrine, Government that controls everything and private property and personal liberty is a thing of the past. Deval is spending millions propping up Lawrence and other “need based areas” with dollars that would normally be spent on infrastructure and the like. Deval is also spending millions on free tuition and free heath care for illegals. How many millions he refuses to say. How many of you are aware that 17% of Massachusetts population was not born in the United States. 17%, and why exactly is it they settled here? High cost of living? High home prices? Cold winters? High food and utility costs? Free tuition, free housing, free food, EBT cards to spend on anything you like, free stuff for all if you know how to play the game. I’ll let you all decide which boxes to check off….although you don’t need to be a Rocket Scientist to figure it out. Massachusetts is consistently ranked between 4th and 6th of the highest taxed States per capita. We also have the largest debt to taxpayer ratio. All Deval is going to do with the extra taxes and fees are to continue to fund the great Massachusetts experiment with Socialism and to continually bail out the city of Boston.
BILL REBAS January 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM
homes for sale in new hampshire
Who Me? January 17, 2013 at 01:50 PM
And I pray everyday folks like you go buy one....
Scooter January 17, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Don't forget that the state income tax needs to go up (to 6.25%) too because gosh knows we aren't paying enough taxes already! www.cltg.org
Tom DeVeau January 17, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Could you even imagine if the American public did the same thing the government does? "Dear Govt, I have mismanaged my funds to the point that I can no longer afford my home and bills. I am going to give you less money so that I can afford those things. Thank you, The American People"
malcolm nichols January 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I believe the original commitment was for State Income Tax to drop back to the 5%, for the tolls on the Mass Pike to be eliminated. Our government just lies over and over. What happened to the Stimulus $ we got a few years back, We did not even have any "shovel ready" projects. Perhaps Duval is looking for material for his next book. They may me sick. I do look at our crumbling infrastructure and have major concerns, but no matter how much they get they will just take it, never fixing the problems.
Dan January 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Thought the current gas tax was for roads, excise tax, etc. Just got my grand-daughter a 2001 car today, 6K...almost 500 for sales tax, then plates, new title, new registration....I know Still not getting enough!!!!Don't worry Liz Warren will be fighting for us soon!!
Rich January 18, 2013 at 02:10 AM
http://massachusetts-election-2010.com/massachusetts-2010-gubernatorial-results-town-by-town/ voting by town. amherst and springfield voted for the "devil" Tewksbury voted GOP. is this "Hope" or is it "Change"???? I forget all i know is this is not the change i hoped for. Remember, the commonwealth voted him back in. When this state realizes the pain maybe things will change..... i hope!


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