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Baker to form commission to review transportation needs

Sep 27 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Salem News

The taxpayers foundation this week released a report critical of the state for not having a updated blueprint of how it is going to address transportation infrastructure and financing needs in the next decade, saying such a blueprint is desperately needed given the advances in technology and climate change. Baker will sign the order "in the coming weeks" to create a commission to "further review, analyze and better inform the state's transportation capital needs," Polito said, and to look at how state revenues – the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, for instance – could shift along with changes in transportation and technology.
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Is more money needed to fix Massachusetts transportation?

Sep 27 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

On Tuesday, the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report arguing that more money alone will not fix Massachusetts' transportation problems. Rather, the report said there needs to be a full review of the state's transportation assets to figure out what the system needs and how it should be funded.
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Editorial: One transportation study that's really needed

Sep 27 2017

Newburyport Daily News

The foundation is pressing for a complete, detailed picture of the transportation system. Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature, it says, would be hobbled by “an incomplete inventory of assets and their conditions, inconsistent project management and/or inefficient spending, and a lack of metrics to monitor progress.” Similarly, last year, the foundation cited the “inferior” data used by the MBTA to keep track of all its assets, poor management of projects and large purchases, and a “lack of accountability regarding how the money is spent.”
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MASS. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM NEEDS INDEPENDENT REVIEW, BIZ GROUP SAYS

Sep 26 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

The state needs a new blueprint to address its transportation infrastructure, which faces new threats and remains in problematic condition despite major investments in recent years, according to a business-backed foundation that is recommending a new independent review. "What is clear is that the state lacks the requisite information to make profoundly difficult choices," the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded in its report. "Questions such as which projects to fund and when, and how revenue sources should be allocated must be included as part of a long-term sustainable transportation finance plan to address our transportation needs. Unfortunately, the state has not yet adopted such a plan."
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Transit chief wants ‘world class’ system for MBTA

Aug 15 2017

AP / The Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent watchdog group, welcomed the appointment of Ramirez. “Mr. Ramirez’s business background and expertise in complex turnarounds makes him the ideal person to lead the authority forward,” President Eileen McAnneny said.
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Shortsleeve move to T board opposed

Jun 6 2017

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

Andrew Bagley, vice president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, also voiced support for Shortsleeve, saying “he’s brought stability to the organization.”
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Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

Mar 8 2017

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

But Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed government watchdog, said Baker should seek an extension of the Pacheco Law suspension to continue the progress at the T. “Suspension of the Pacheco law has proven to be a valuable tool for the MBTA as the outsourcing of the cash collection and reconciliation and warehousing functions demonstrate,” she said in a statement. “The collaboration with Uber and Lyft in The Ride pilot program demonstrates how service delivery can be improved, costs can be reduced, and the customer experience made better when the T has the ability to partner with innovative third parties. Where the value of Pacheco suspension is most apparent is the successful negotiation of the most recent Carmen’s union contract. In previous attempts, the negotiations have ended in arbitration. In the most recent round, the Carmen’s union was incented to reach a mutually agreeable deal or run the risk of losing the work. Despite the numerous successes the administration has had in reducing operating expenses, more work remains and the T should retain the ability to outsource when it makes sense to do so.”
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MBTA Leadership Eyes Collaboration With Boston On Night Bus

Sep 26 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / WGBH News

Others at Monday's meeting, including Andrew Bagley from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, noted the T's far-from-finished efforts to close a multimillion-dollar structural deficit.
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T upgrade cost lowballed

Jun 17 2016

By Lauren Dezensk, Politico

“For the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to keep its trains, buses, tracks, and other infrastructure in good working order, it likely needs to spend even more than the hundreds of millions of dollars per year it has estimated — largely because the T’s method of estimating that figure is inadequate, according to a report from the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.”
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Report: MBTA will need more than $7 Billion to upgrade its system

Jun 17 2016

WHDH

A new report say the MBTA will probably have to spend more than the $7 Billion it estimated to upgrade its system. The Massachusetts taxpayers foundation says the T has failed to account for inflation.
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