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.
Frustrated with the Keolis Commuter Services partnership with the MBTA, commuter rail workers gathered at the State House on Thursday, May 11th to express their concerns with the private company’s management of the Boston area’s rail services. Members of the Transport Workers Union of America Local 2054 and the Boston Engine Terminal for International Association of […]
A recent letter to the editor in the Washington Post, entitled “Privatization efforts tend to overpromise and underdeliver,” responds to the April 29th story on Metro General Manager, Paul J. Wiedefeld, drawing privatization inspiration for D.C.’s transit services from Boston. The letter debunks the common myths that privatization efforts save money and improve services, pointing out the lack of […]
Last Thursday the MBTA filed a lawsuit against LAZ Parking Ltd. LAZ Parking is a privately-held company that managed parking operations for the MBTA from 2013 until the termination of their contract in 2016. The suit alleges that millions of dollars in parking revenue were stolen by LAZ employees during their three-year management of MBTA parking lots. […]
In Washington D.C. grassroots activists are calling for an annual 1 billion dollar investment in the city’s Metro system. Similar to Boston’s residents, D.C. riders and workers have long suffered from austerity budgeting, and are uniting to say that they will not let workers be scapegoated or privatized due to a lack of investment in […]
This week, the MBTA pulled out of their third public meeting in a row to discuss the summer shutdown of their Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line. The line, which is operated by notoriously underperforming private contractor Keolis, is due for safety upgrades for which an entire shutdown during the summer is necessary. During these meetings, residents […]
Boston-based transportation startup Bridj has folded after a deal with a major car company fell through. The startup, which offered app-based bus rideshares, provided an allegedly unsolicited proposal to the MBTA in October to provide night bus services for what they estimated would be a fraction of the cost than if run by the MBTA. […]
According to an April 24th statement from officials, commuter rail coach shortages, which have been the cause of overcrowding on these lines since mid-March, will continue for a few more weeks. Keolis Commuter Services, whose operation of the commuter rail is a part of a 2.7 billion dollar contract with MBTA, has not run an adequate […]
Turns out private bus operator TransDev is struggling to improve public bus service not only in Wisconsin, but in Melbourne as well. A recent article in Melbourne’s The Age, reveals statistics showing the poor performance of private bus operator TransDev in running a third of Melbourne’s bus services. The Age found that in 2016, an […]
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 […]
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