The economic returns that the commonwealth of Massachusetts enjoys from its investments in transportation and other physical infrastructure result from the jobs that are created by these investments and from the enhanced utility of land that public works create. The integrative property of transportation in particular makes the comprehensive planning of transportation facilities an inordinately complex and essential public function. This function was the focus of the July 1992 workshop sponsored by the Executive Office of Economic Affairs and the University of Massachusetts. Among the principal themes the participants addressed were how the state's interest in economic development should be expressed; how local, regional, and state interest might be balanced; and how public and private investment relate to each other. The author presents conclusions and recommendations concerning these and closely related workshop themes. The significance of developments that have taken place since the workshop, especially those concerning a second major airport and Routes 2 and 7, are also reviewed.



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