Taxpayers place their trust in the MBTA and state officials to make the right decisions to keep the T running efficiently, safely, and equitably. To ensure this trust, transparent processes for bidding and contracting are crucial so that decision-making is accountable. The Pacheco law embodies the spirit of public accountability and allows the taxpaying public to ensure key community concerns, like worker protections and equitable system operations across neighborhoods, are included in public-private contracts. The “privatization adventures” at the MBTA have failed and legislators should move to reinstate the Pacheco law in order to hold the Baker administration and the MBTA to their prior promises that they manage our public transit system in ways that best serve the interest of the public.

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