The unprecedented delays and cancellations of MBTA service this past winter were unacceptable. The Chamber, along with other leaders of the business community and region, is demanding that strong actions be taken to fix the T’s problems.
Governor Baker recently filed legislation based on recommendations of a special panel tasked with taking an in-depth diagnostic look at the T. The legislation would establish a fiscal control board for the T. The control board would be able to identify the most impactful reforms, and most importantly, be able to implement those reforms. Additionally, the bill gives authority to the control board and key managers to address managerial issues that have plagued the T for many years, such as high rates of absenteeism, poor procurement, and questionable financial and maintenance practices. This legislation is a significant step in the right direction for the effort to fix the T.
Last night, House Speaker DeLeo announced his support of Governor Baker’s fiscal control board. This is a first step towards the necessary support that the T needs. The Chamber is urging other legislators to approve the fiscal control board as well, and testified accordingly at a State House hearing last week. Yesterday, the Chamber participated in a State House press conference with over 25 other area business groups, regional mayors, and civic leaders, all with the same message: “Fix the T.”
At that press conference a website, www.FixOurT.com, was launched to formally announce the Coalition for a World Class Transit System. On the website, visitors can sign a petition to fix the T, and read about the problems surrounding the T and the solutions that the Coalition is supporting.
As we continue our outreach and advocacy efforts, we ask that you add your voice to this important debate by doing the following:
- Please share your experiences with the T this past winter through the survey found here.
- Add your voice to the need for T changes by using the hashtag, #FixtheT.
If you have any questions, please contact Erin Trabucco, Senior Policy Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-557-7344.