Via Jay: How deep does the rot in the MBTA go? To the point where they'd cut a bus run, but not tell anyone. We knew that some runs just … somehow … weren't happening, but maybe it was driver absenteeism, or some other lack of planning or ordinary incompetence. Nope. It was on purpose:
Top MBTA officials acknowledge that for years the agency has been secretly cutting thousands of bus and train trips from published schedules to lower costs – a practice that has left legions of customers waiting for rides that arrived late or not at all.
Grabauskas, who was hired as general manager in May 2005, said the hidden service cuts have never been publicly disclosed and that he agreed to talk about them now because of a need for more truth in the agency’s budgeting.
He waited to tell the truth? Now there's a need for “more truth”, because the budget's in trouble? (To be fair, those are Casey's words, not Grabauskas'.)
So there's a T money problem — I believe that. There's a T expansion problem. There's also a T contract problem, with a ridiculously cushy pension system and apparently not a whole lot of accountability. There's a T contractor problem, where MBCR gets a new contract in spite of incompetence. But man, if there's this kind of dishonesty that's just taken for granted, what else will we find?