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.
On August 6th, MBTA mechanics, their families, and activists rallied outside of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center as federal officials and state legislators gathered for the National Conference of State Legislatures, a summit drawing over 6,000 participants from throughout the nation. Protesters who gathered to speak out against Governor Baker’s attempts to privatize MBTA services […]
As a part of the MBTA mechanic’s campaign against Governor Baker’s efforts to privatize MBTA services, workers, family members, and supporters gathered at a major rotary, as vacationers headed down to Cape Cod and Governor Baker attended a fundraiser in the area. Protestors held signs printed by IAM 264 that said “Charlie Baker is Hurting Families” […]
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, made an unscheduled appearance at a rally comprised of MBTA mechanics and their families outside of a recent MBTA board meeting. The rally was held in response to a recent privatization scheme pushed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his former MBTA G.M. turned board member, Brian Shortsleeve, that seeks to privatize core MBTA services […]
LYNN, MA – U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D) will stand with the INVEST NOW coalition in support of MBTA mechanics and their families at a rally and press conference slated for Monday, August 14 at 11:45 AM at the Lynn MBTA bus maintenance garage. The coalition and MBTA mechanics are campaigning to protect taxpayers, riders, […]
The MBTA has received $5.6 million in a settlement after the Attorney General’s office found that under private contractor “LAZ Parking” millions of dollars had been “skimmed” from MBTA parking facilities. The Attorney General alleged that the private contractor LAZ failed to “implement revenue controls” which created the opening for skimming cash revenue. The AG’s […]
Despite touting early retirement as a cost-savings measure, MBTA management failed to budget for those retirement costs according to the State House News Service. Former Acting General Manager, Brian Shortsleeve announced that $9 million in retiree payments were not included in the approved FY 2018 budget and further cost-savings would have to be found to […]
Last week we shared a story from KJZZ reporting that the City of Phoenix has put First Transit, a private contractor responsible for 30 percent of the city’s bus services, on notice in response several contract violations by the company, including failure to meet on-time service standards and missed services. In response, First Transit cited […]
Blue-collar MBTA mechanics and fuelers, who have offered nearly $30 million in savings through contract negotiations, respond to Governor Baker issuing “request for proposal” on bus maintenance jobs MBTA mechanics, who earn less than 3% above the national average when adjusted for cost of living, are the #1 bus maintenance workforce in the United States despite maintaining […]
In our June Newsletter, we shared some specific examples of MBTA privatization and outsourcing schemes hurting taxpayers, workers and riders. If you missed it, read on to learn more about these failed privatization bids that highlight the importance of investing in public transportation for riders, workers and our communities. Keolis Even after chronically poor […]
KJZZ reports that First Transit, a private contractor responsible for operating approximately 30 percent of Phoenix’s public bus services, has been put on notice by the city for failing to live up to their contractual obligations. An initial letter of concern was issued by city officials in March, followed by a formal Notice to Cure […]
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