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  • September 27 2017

    In light of the many changes occurring in the transportation realm, the Foundation strongly urges the Commonwealth to reconsider and reshape its planning process for the years ahead. The TFC narrative that directed policy for a decade and drove vital changes to fix the state’s transportation system is no longer valid because the future challenges the state must confront are intrinsically different than those of a decade ago. This reality requires a new blueprint to address the many issues that have emerged since, or were not contemplated when, the TFC released its reports a decade ago.

  • August 15 2017

    The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation applauds the Administration’s appointment of Luis Ramirez to become the next General Manager of the MBTA. MTF has voiced previously its concern about the absence of permanent leadership in an organization that needs a boost in talent and morale. Eileen McAnneny, MTF’s President, stated “Mr. Ramirez’s appointment is a terrific step forward in transforming the MBTA into the high-quality, customer-centric public transportation system that its riders deserve.”

  • July 27 2017
    The FixOurT Coalition supports the MBTA efforts to explore privatization of bus maintenance as a means to improve service and reduce a major cost component of its purchases.
  • December 19 2016
    According to Eileen McAnneny, the Foundation’s President, ”this contract agreement demonstrates what is achievable when management and labor have a candid dialogue on how to face future challenges without the shackles of the Pacheco law. Massachusetts has established itself as the hub of innovation driving economic growth; today’s agreement shows the impact this type of innovative approach can have on the public sector. Applying this approach more broadly to all government operations would have a profoundly positive impact on the delivery of services and the state’s bottom line.”
  • July 20 2016
    The FixOurT Coalition coalesced around the need to turn the MBTA into a safe, reliable and fiscally sustainable public transit system. We advocated for the creation of the Fiscal and Management Control Board, an entity created to oversee the T’s turnaround. As we mark its one year anniversary, this status report is intended to examine the Board’s many accomplishments and remaining challenges.
  • June 16 2016

    The Foundation focuses this report on the capital financing of transportation. More specifically, MTF takes a critical first look at the two most important questions facing the transportation capital spending plan: 1) how does the state decide which projects to fund? and 2) how well does the state manage the spending of those scarce dollars? With limited resources and a seemingly unending list of capital needs, these two questions determine where and how well the state can fix the transportation infrastructure.

  • March 7 2016

    Today’s fare hike vote by the Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) illustrates why creation of the Board was so critical to the T’s turnaround and why the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation supports the steps the FMCB has taken to date. Bold action is necessary to fix the T. This temporary SWAT team is essential for the T to make the difficult choices needed to control its operating budget and direct these savings to capital investments.

  • July 21 2015
    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.
  • June 29 2015
    Despite efforts over the past decades, previous reforms have failed and the T continues to deteriorate, threatening our vibrant economic recovery. Bold action is urgently needed. Five months after the T’s complete shutdown, we cannot lose the sense of urgency around fixing something that is severely broken. Our top priority must remain the interests of the working and commuting public.