INVEST NOW is dedicated to ensuring continued investments in Massachusetts public transit. INVEST NOW includes riders, workers, community groups, non-profit organizations, businesses, elected leaders and municipalities that support public transit.
Massachusetts workers and riders agree that the time to invest in public transit is now. The MBTA should continue to make improvements to its current operations, but that cannot distract from the greater need to invest in public transit for riders, workers, and our communities.
The long term costs of sweeping privatization are often higher than expected – as has been demonstrated in cities across the nation as well as internationally. Let’s keep public transportation public – and invest in a stronger future for riders, workers, and the Massachusetts economy.
Contrary to the conclusions of a report released last month by the pro-privatization Pioneer Institute, the MBTA paid workers about the same and spent less of their budget on worker salaries, when compared to other large bus systems. These new findings call into question the Pioneer Institute’s white paper, which appears to have cherry-picked data […]
Craig Hughes, special representative for Local 264, which includes frontline MBTA bus maintenance and repair workers, addresses how schemes to outsource at the MBTA have repeatedly failed as the MBTA, and how the MBTA far outperforms other transit agencies on key vehicle maintenance benchmarks. Despite repeated outsourcing failures, MBTA eyes privatization of core services “The […]
In response to the announcement of a rally by MBTA mechanics on Monday and in anticipation of the FMCB’s discussion of FY18 budgeting, Lee Matsueda released the following statement on behalf of the Invest Now coalition and the T Riders Union. “Gambling with privatization is no substitute for a real conversation about making statewide investments […]
A large crowd descended on MBTA headquarters in downtown Boston today as transit mechanics rallied with allies to defend taxpayers, workers, and riders against the latest MBTA privatization scheme. The MBTA mechanics were joined by community allies and elected leaders, including State Senator Marc Pacheco and State Representatives Mike Connolly and Michelle DuBois (each of […]
A new report from NBC Boston shows that the largest privatization project in the history of the MBTA continues to be a failure. Reporter Ally Donnelly outlines the continual service delays faced by Boston area commuter rail passengers despite repeated promises from for-profit operator Keolis that service would improve. Keolis continues to demonstrate terrible performance […]
A recent article by The Boston Globe highlights the skills, hard work, and innovation of MBTA employees like machinist Mike Haywood, who’s ingenious retrofit of a John Deere vehicle tremendously improved the efficiency and speed at which the MBTA could clear train tracks. With heavy winter storms like those back in 2015, Haywood’s invention has […]
Earlier this week, members of IBEW Local 103 who work for the MBTA helped saved a life by applying their union training to rescusitate a man who collapsed at the Government Center MBTA station. The union members used their work tools and life saving skills including administering chest compressions to revive the MBTA traveller who was taken […]
According to reports coming out of Wisconsin, TransDev is already facing criticism from transit employees for using forced overtime and for not hiring enough workers. TransDev is one of the private, for-profit outsourcing companies being touted by local privatization hawks in the Bay State despite a growing number of costly failures involving other privatization schemes including with for-profit outfit […]
New study shows again that increased investments in public transit spur local economies U-Cal and Rugers scholars say investments in public transit pay off exponentially “Public Transit is Worth Way More than You Think” – CityLab As reported by The Atlantic, a new study to be released through Urban Studies show that city density spurred […]
Tab is increasing for Silver Line bus repairs sent to Maine “IT’S A simple equation. Whenever we privatize or outsource public services, we as a state and as taxpayers lose control. Case after case has shown that when we hand over control of core services like vehicle repair, it does not serve the interests of […]
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