May 15, 2015
Boston– State Senator Richard Ross has joined with fellow Senate Republicans in filing several amendments to the Senate’s version of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that would address the many failures at the MBTA, exposed this past winter. The Republican caucus intends to push for the proposals in the $38 billion spending bill to provide the public transportation system with the tools they need to enact meaningful changes to chronic problems impacting communities across the Commonwealth.
“The failure of the MBTA to provide efficient and reliable service throughout the winter months has brought to light years of serious mismanagement and lack of fiscal discipline within the transit system and to not take significant action would be a great disservice to the people of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Richard Ross. “During the budget debates, we will be working hard for our constituents and commuters across the state to pursue reforms necessary to get the MBTA back in working order. It is my hope that we can put the needs of the people we serve before those of any political party or interest group.”
Among the amendments filed are those which would:
- Establish a five member control board to focus for three to five years on making the MBTA operationally sound and cost-effective,
- Free the MBTA from prohibitive strictures that prevent innovation and private partnerships and cost savings,
- Require rigorous performance management standards for procurement of goods and services, and
- Release the MBTA from the requirement of the Pacheco Law in order to secure greater cost savings.
Governor Baker appointed a special panel to review the MBTA system following the wide-spread interruptions and T closures during the winter.
Budget debate will begin Tuesday morning when the Senate will consider more than 900 proposals to the $38 billion state budget.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.