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State should back efforts to expand bus, rail service along Route 128, business groups say

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The Route 128 corridor is clearly one of the state’s economic engines. Just look at the vast array of cutting-edge tech and life science companies parked alongside it.

But when it comes to the mounting traffic woes that threaten to stall this growth driver, state leaders can’t seem to spare a dime to explore some long-term solutions, a pair of prominent business-backed highway groups contends.

State officials need to start putting money into expanding bus and commuter rail service along the highway, the 128 Corporate Alliance and 128 Business Council maintain.

But despite an epic debate on Beacon Hill this year over transportation dollars, the Legislature and Governor Deval Patrick failed once again to cough up any money.

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