The MBTA's largest and highest-priority expansion project, a proposed $1.5 billion Silver Line tunnel under downtown Boston, is in immediate danger of losing federal backing because of the transit agency's weak financial condition, say sources briefed on the decision.On the one hand, it's a major project that will streamline access to a certain part of the city that's not quite so easy to get to now. It also will provide people with better access to the airport. On the other hand, some neighborhood groups are opposed, it's costly and there seem to be projects that others would prefer. Either way, the MBTA has to build some sort of big MBTA project to meet the terms of a Big Dig lawsuit. This is the last project the MBTA will be forced to fund itself; the state has promised to fund future extensions. Whatever ends up being built, the state needs to get involved now: it's put too much on the back of the MBTA.
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