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.
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 […]
On June 28th the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism hosted CONDEMBTA: A Conversation and Exhibit about Public Transportation Infrastructure and Priorities in Greater Boston. The event, co-sponsored by Invest Now, featured a photojournalism project by Derek Kouyoumjian, a Dorchester native now residing in Somerville. The exhibit documented the deteriorating MBTA infrastructure featuring print photos alongside online features, as […]
Friday, July 14, 2017 MBTA mechanics launch massive voter outreach and advertising campaign in response to outsourcing threats Ex-transit chief rejects more than $29 million in savings offered by 406 blue collar workers “I voted for Charlie Baker and I’m very disappointed in the fact that now he’s trying to take my job.” BOSTON, […]
In a June 28th article, The Boston Herald reported that the MBTA hired Karen Antion as a consultant to oversee the Positive Train Control project which aims to improve train safety. Antion, who supervised a similar project in California that was marred by delays and other issues, is being paid $260,000 per year. The $231 million […]
In a June 23rd article the Boston Globe reported that complaints from users of the MBTA’s door-to-door paratransit program, The Ride, have surged following an overhaul of the service launched four months ago. Since the overhaul, which centered on the opening of a new call center operated by North Carolina-based Global Contact Services, complaints have averaged […]
On May 17th MBTA mechanics escalated their campaign to defend taxpayers, workers, and riders against the latest proposed MBTA privatization scheme by calling on legislators and the MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board to reject proposals that would outsource core MBTA bus maintenance services to corporations like TransDev, which recently came under fire for major service failures around the […]
Quincy resident Regina Tham speaks out against privatization and for transparency at the T. “As someone who uses the MBTA everyday, I believe that the privatization of the MBTA is a poor choice that will add to the lack of transparency and reliability. Although the privatization has been made to seem positive, past experiences have […]
A recent article by Jeremy Mohler of In the Public Interest highlights privatization schemes surrounding the Washington D.C. Metro services. The Washington D.C. area Metro service is the only subway system in a major U.S. city that does not have dedicated funding, which has resulted in poor services and a drastic decrease in ridership numbers […]
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