Today marks an important new chapter for the MBTA and its riders. Today is the first meeting of the Fiscal Management Control Board. This board will bring much-needed focus, expertise, urgency, discipline and accountability to the MBTA over the next three years – powers that can be extended for another two years if deemed necessary. Today is the day that reform of the MBTA begins in earnest. This is the culmination of an important phenomenon on Beacon Hill: a political process benefitting Massachusetts’ families, taxpayers and businesses.