Patrick Visits Medford MBTA Facilities
Governor has made transportation funding a key part of his agenda.
Gov. Deval Patrick visited two of Medford's Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) facilities Wednesday in an effort to highlight his push for transportation funding.
Patrick visited the MBTA Fellsway bus garage at 465 Salem St. and then the Wellington Station maintenance garage, where numerous Orange Line trains were being serviced.
"There's a tremendous amount of consensus, in and out of the Statehouse...that it's time for re-investment in our transportation infrastructure," Patrick told reporters at Wellington.
When asked if the figure of $800 million that's been floated recently would be sufficient, Patrick said it would be a "mistake" to start with a number and work backwards.
"So far, the only plan on the table is mine," he said.
Patrick visited the facilities with Medford Rep. Paul Donato and Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey. Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn accompanied the governor at the Fellsway bus garage.
The bus garage is a location Donato and McGlynn would like to see moved, potentially to Wellington, and re-developed. Davey estimated such a project would cost around $100 million and Donato suggested it be part of the governor's transportation bond issue.
At Wellington, Patrick toured the work that happens in the T maintenance garage with Joe Keeffe, the MBTA's senior director of vehicle maintenance.
Watch the video to the right for more from Patrick's visit.