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.
Bus safety and maintenance RFP process fails, yields single controversial bidder: First Transit MBTA sources have indicated that only one vendor, First Transit, has submitted an official bid for the bus safety and maintenance work that Governor Baker and Brian Shortsleeve have been desperately trying to sell off to for-profit corporations. Baker has continued […]
Last Friday, two contractors were arrested under accusations of stealing parts, including cables and copper wire, from a MBTA Medford warehouse. The contractors were employed by Mancon Inc., a private vendor responsible for the T’s warehouse operation management. In response to the accusations, Mancon Inc. told the press they would fire the two employees if the […]
Commonwealth Magazine reports that during an October 2nd meeting of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Stephanie Pollack, Transportation Secretary, expressed frustration with Keolis regarding their failure to improve on-time service on commuter lines. The private contractor, which is responsible for managing the T’s commuter rail services, has had varying performance levels since July, with […]
Issues surrounding quality assurance concerns with the T’s collision avoidance contract with the private contractor, Ansaldo STS, arose during the most recent meeting of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board. During the meeting, Karen Antion, the manager of the project, which centers around the installation of a $459 million system to prevent collisions of commuter rail trains, […]
Last week State House News Service reported that the MBTA’s new ticket app, from developer Masabi, went down during Monday’s morning commute, resulting in free rides for many T passengers. According to Joe Pesaturo, the service issues affected riders on a national scale, including riders of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Railroad as well […]
Robert Martinez, Jr., the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, recently wrote an op-ed for the HuffPost, calling on Governor Baker to stay true to his word and end his attempts to privatize MBTA operations. In his article, Martinez describes Baker’s current attempts to give control of MBTA bus fleets to […]
At a State House hearing on Monday, legislators introduced a bill that would reign in privatization across the state. The bill, which already has the support of two-dozen co-sponsors, would reinstate the Taxpayer’s Protection Act, known as the Pacheco Law, which was suspended in 2015 following severe winter weather that brought MBTA’s train service to a halt on more […]
Following up on a previous story, The Boston Globe reports that Global Contact Services, the private contractor that has taken over two-thirds of The Ride’s logistical operations, is still struggling to provide reliable transportation services to passengers. The Ride provides transit for approximately 7,000 disabled passengers on a daily basis, however, since scheduling and dispatching […]
A recent article in Boston Magazine reports that MBTA officials spent approximately $500,000 on recruiting for 10 open positions with the agency over the last year. The article cites numbers from the Boston Herald which show the MBTA spending about $50,000 on recruiting efforts for each of the 10 available positions. Approximately 20 percent of […]
In response to recent questions posed in The Boston Globe’s “The Argument” column regarding privatization of the Arborway, Lynn, and Quincy MBTA garages, readers overwhelmingly voted against privatization of the garages in question. In response to the August 11th argument, “Should the MBTA privatize its Quincy, Arborway, and Lynn bus maintenance garages?” in which Marine Corps veteran, […]
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