Analysis: Dismantling the Turnpike Authority Not A Cure-All

The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority is widely expected to raise turnpike tolls. Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday the toll increases are unavoidable because of the Pike's huge debt.

The Pike's Friday board meeting is the first since Patrick unveiled his plan to do away with the Turnpike Authority altogether — and split its responsibilities between the Massachusetts Highway Department and the Massachusetts Port Authority.

But would that solve the Pike's debt problem?

To answer that question we spoke with David Luberoff, the executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and co-author of the book Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment.

We started by asking him what he thought about the governor's plan to break up the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

This program aired on November 14, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.


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