The question remains: Who is going to pay for this? Clearly the RIAC board is not going to chip in. Put on the ballot for a bond issue - the answer would be "No." It turns out that you and I -- the passengers -- pay through higher ticket prices. One of the reasons passenger counts are still dropping - a trend that started nine years ago when the Big Dig finished - is that ticket prices are going through the roof. Now RIAC needs to figure out how to float a bond for the extension without dropping down to junk bond status to finance this project. It is a tight situation.
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