The MBTA has been a patronage haven, for both parties, for decades. Systemic corruption is deeply wired into the culture, from the lowliest worker cleaning latrines someplace to the very top. Please note that I am not alleging personal corruption — I’m sure that the overwhelming majority of MBTA workers are honest, hard-working, dedicated public servants.
I mean, instead, that they are cogs in a wheel that is corrupt. It doesn’t matter where you look, the stink of corruption is there. A new and very expensive fare collection system that seems optimized towards preserving MBTA jobs rather than getting riders on and off the trains and buses. Purchasing contracts that result in transit cars that don’t stay on the track, air conditioners that don’t work, buses that don’t run. Renovation contracts that make the entire Green line look like a West Virginia junkyard (and I love West Virginia) for years, while no visible progress is made, costs double and triple, and service continues to deteriorate.
Toddlers who visit and walk with us along the 66 route call the buses “Banana Buses”, because they come in bunches.
Commuter rail should be operating around the clock, with train frequency increasing.
Instead, Beacon Hill is playing the same old games with the same old tricks as usual.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH