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Who We Are:
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.
What We Stand For:
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.
How To Get Involved:
On Sunday Boston University’s The Daily Free Press reported on a new multimedia campaign opposing privatization of the MBTA’s bus maintenance which will focus on the sole bidder for the contract: First Transit. The campaign was launched last Wednesday by MBTA bus mechanics and will emphasize First Transit’s poor performance record including a breach of […]
Last week, Commonwealth Magazine reported that the MBTA is planning to find a way to end their contract with Global Contact Services — a private contractor hired to manage operations of the MBTA’s paratransit service The Ride in 2016. The contractor, who promised to save the T approximately $12 million annually, was tasked with merging […]
Last week, Boston University’s The Daily Free Press reported on IAM 264’s announcement that there has only been one bidder on the contract to privatize MBTA bus maintenance. The paper reports that according to Mike Vartabedian, the business manager of IAM Local 264, this is a bad sign for the state’s privatizaion efforts, especially considering […]
Yesterday The Boston Globe reported on the MBTA mechanics’ union, IAM Local 264’s findings that the MBTA has only received one bid on its contract to privatize bus maintenance. Similar to reports from The Boston Herald, The Globe reported that when asked about the findings Luis Ramirez, General Manager of the MBTA, stated that he could not comment […]
Yesterday The Boston Herald reported on IAM Local 264’s findings that the MBTA has only received one bid to take over bus maintenance operations. Although T officials told The Herald that they would not comment on specifics until the completion of the bidding process, Luis Ramirez, General Manager of the MBTA, told reporters that they now had […]
Baker’s bus maintenance privatization scheme craters as mechanics launch new ads blasting Governor for transit approach
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 week multiple sources reported on new federal data ranking the MBTA service the worst in the nation. Stories from NBC Boston, The Boston Herald, WCVB, highlighted the findings from The Federal Transit Administration, which showed that over the year of 2016 the MBTA had the highest level of commuter rail breakdowns in the nation, totaling 338 […]
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 […]
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