“Roads, Bridges, Tolls, The MBTA, Fares &Taxes”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, tackles a timely subject in transportation reform in the sixth forum of the 18th season, to be held Thursday, March 28th, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Joining Representative Kaufman will be Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey. Governor Deval Patrick appointed Mr. Davey Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in September 2011. He leads a 10,000 person organization that operates with a single mission: to provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Secretary Davey is also implementing a strategic investment and operations plan focused on the five priority areas of the Governor: safety, customer service, employee engagement, fiscal responsibility and innovation. Previously, he served as MBTA General Manager where he was responsible for managing the T and overseeing the Commonwealth’s 15 Regional Transit Authorities and MassDOT’s rail program.

What is the impetus behind “transportation reform”? How much revenue is needed to bring our transportation system up to speed? What is the best way to achieve that goal? What does the Governor’s plan do to reform our transportation in the Commonwealth? Is the T broke, and if so, how can we fix it? What other proposals are out there to modernize our transportation system?

Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum Thursday, March 28th, from 7PM-8:30PM.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.