5. Transportation

Over the course of 25 years, Dan has been immersed in the transportation sector. Unlike scores of airlines large and small, Cape Air has survived multiple recessions, navigating successfully through deregulation, then overcoming one of the most daunting business challenges imaginable; the terrorist attack of 9-11, and the changes it forced on the public and the industry.

Through those years, he has developed many close working and personal relationships; he was proud to be appointed by Governor Patrick to serve on the transportation transition taskforce as the governor began his first term.

We can’t talk about a healthy economy without a healthy transportation system. The T, the first subway system in the United States, still a lifeline for so many working people in and around our metropolitan hub, must be supported, and improved. As just one example, the Blue Line should be extended north.

This is not an issue of concern only to Greater Boston – it is crucial to our entire state. Commuter rail needs to improve and extend as well; investments here create good jobs right away, good jobs longer term, environmental benefits, and revitalize our communities.

But we need to think even more creatively about transportation. Multi-modal connections are more than a buzzphrase. Linking air, rail, road and water is not only feasible, it is essential. Putting creative partnerships together to accomplish this is a priority, and Dan understands how to do that:

On Cape Cod, he was instrumental in bringing the Cape Cod National Seashore into collaboration with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority to fund new green busses that provide workers and tourists with convenient, inexpensive public transportation. He has been a strong advocate for improved rail service along the South Shore, actively engaged in the successful effort to revive Boston-to-Cape Cod rail service this summer. Cape Air has played a vital role in a revitalized municipal airport in Hyannis. And let’s not overlook low-tech alternatives; Dan is a strong supporter of extending bike paths wherever appropriate, and encouraging bicycle commuters whenever possible.

Too many times, when people come home from Japan, China, or Europe, they carry stories of enviable public transportation. Our goal should be to turn that conversation around, making it easy and inexpensive to get around without automobiles. Twenty years from now, visitors from overseas should be celebrating our success in public transportation, marveling at our creative progress.