To the editor:
It's true, cities and towns across the commonwealth are in need of transportation investments ("Our Opinion: Rural communities need more transportation help," Feb. 5). Transportation is, after all, the lifeline to a strong economy and talented workforce.
As nearly one million baby boomers get ready to retire by 2030, over one million younger workers are projected to enter the workforce by that time. In 2015, millennials reported that access to transportation is a very important factor in where they live and work. The future workforce cares about having a wealth of transportation options, and businesses are following suit. Take the Amazon HQ2 bid for instance: Transportation was the number-one priority in identifying their next location.
As housing costs continue to rise and middle-income housing is harder to find, the workforce is moving to the suburbs or out of Massachusetts all together. The buck doesn't stop here in Boston.
If we want to keep a talented workforce, it's all hands on deck to both build affordable housing and improve access to transportation from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond. If we don't enhance connectivity among regional economies, we're leaving opportunities on the table. We're at a turning point in Massachusetts, so let's get it right.
The writer is vice president of programming and policy at The Alliance for Business Leadership.