Shira Schoenberg | Mass Live

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Bicyclists make their way through Salt Lake City traffic. Officials are pushing to promote more walking and biking as the Wasatch Front population is predicted to double in coming decades.In the outcry over the crippled state of the MBTA, state lawmakers should not forget about the transportation needs of the rest of the state, Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, warned on Wednesday.

“We understand the needs to make those investments, but this cannot be just a T fix only,” Sullivan said. “There are infrastructure needs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, particularly in Western Massachusetts.”

Sullivan, the Massachusetts secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and chief of staff under former Gov. Deval Patrick, was one of a handful of business, political and economic development leaders who attended a press conference on Wednesday outside the Park Street MBTA station aimed at calling for additional investment in and expansion of the MBTA. But his presence also called attention to the concerns that some residents outside of the Boston area have in light of the intense focus on the MBTA, which faced shutdowns and delays throughout February due to the snowstorms and freezing temperatures. Read more