This is how entrenched bureaucracies threaten public policy. Mass Pike usage drops by 3.5% in May without any change in tolls and the Turnpike authority responds with concern about authority revenues.
Here's the appropriate response:
- Express elation with the drop in driving
- Demand that state subsidy shift towards the growing MBTA ridership (up 5.3% in May)
- Increase tolls to encourage greater shift to transit
Question to the boston.com/Globe headline staff: in what universe is a 3.5% decline in 'Pike usage a "dip"?
Update: To counter any allegations of being cavalier, a more thoughtful and complete policy for our state highways should include: