"Massachusetts has consistently chosen to underfund public transportation. Not only has it been underfunded, the state also saddled the T with the Big Dig debt to support drivers. And that should have never happened, and that needs to change. It must change. Sustainable funding and a new era of strong management for the MBTA needs to be our goal. And for Somerville also, public transit is not a luxury. Transit lines are the lifelines to going to work, to going to school, for health care, basic needs. And we need frequent and reliable service."