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MassDOT Report Says Traffic Congestion Is Getting Worse, No 'Silver Bullet' Solution


  Traffic congestion in Massachusetts has reached what is called a “tipping point” according to a new report released Thursday by state officials.

   The report confirmed what most drivers already know: commutes take longer on average and are less predictable day-to-day because bad weather or an accident can have a cascading effect that causes more congestion.

    The report identified traffic bottlenecks in every part of the state with the worst places in the Boston area.

   Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the report makes a number of recommendations.

   " There is no silver bullet," said Pollack.  " There is no one thing the Commonwealth can do that will make congestion better here."

  Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a $19 billion transportation bond bill.  It includes a proposed tax credit program for people to work from home.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.