Running down a dream: MA Mayors rally for transportation reform

On Monday, June 11–just weeks before the July 1 deadline for MBTA fare hikes and service cuts–mayors from across the state gathered at South Station to show their support for working together and finding a solution for the state’s transportation finance troubles. Watch our video of highlights from speakers at the Metro Mayors Transportation Summit on YouTube:

Each speaker voiced support for finding comprehensive, state-wide solutions that address a long-term vision for improved transportation in the Commonwealth, and many underscored the importance of strong transportation systems on the economic vitality of the state; as well as the health and well-being of all residents.

The crowd was rallied by the sounds of transportation’s greatest hits, in a playlist compiled by MAPC staff:

The M.T.A. – The Kingston Trio

Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

(Take me Home) Country Roads – Toots And the Maytals

Route 66 – Chuck Berry

The Trolly Song – Judy Garland

Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glen Miller / Tex Beneke and the Modernaires with Paula Kelly

Ticket to Ride – Beatles

Back of the Bus – G. Love

Cars – Gary Numan

Train Kept A-Rollin’ – Aerosmith

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

The Traveling Song – The Avett Brothers

I am the Highway – Audioslave

I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

Drive my Car – Beatles

Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

Walken – Wilco

Roadrunner – Bo Diddley

Working on the Highway – Bruce Springsteen

Stickshifts and Safetybelts – Cake

Crossroads – Cream

Hitch Hike – The Sonics

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie

Further on Down the Road (You Will Accompany me) – Taj Mahal

The event ended with all of the Mayors signing a giant transportation pledge poster, and attendees signing pledge forms and giving their contact information in order to stay up to date on future events and action alerts from MAPC.

If you’re interested in being added to our growing list of transportation finance reform supporters, please send an email to Government Affairs Coordinator Charlie Ticotsky at, or Transportation Coordinator Jessica Robertson at

Have a great weekend!