I’d like to thank everyone for their great feedback on my last post (Fixing the MBTA – Diving Into Some Numbers, Talking Transportation As An Investment, Transit Around The World and Finding Cash Flow) and the great discussion it spawned.
Today, I want to focus on ratcheting up the pressure on our Legislators on Beacon Hill to fix the T, to fix it soon, and to fix it correctly. The Globe reported this morning on the Legislative duck & dodge continuing with a lot of non-committal comments from many legislators contacted for the story.
Some outside analysts have said the T’s winter woes are related, in part, to long-term underfunding by Beacon Hill. But DeLeo has strongly defended the Legislature’s actions, pointing in a recent TV interview to efforts providing “extensive additional . . . money to the T.” And both DeLeo and Baker have been forthright about their discomfort raising taxes for funding transportation or other priorities going forward — and that has essentially set the terms of discussion for what the Legislature might do.
To me, this sounds like the same song & dance routine that’s been used for decades to sideline the MBTA and allow Beacon Hill to keep kicking the can down the road. This is the time where we need boldness, political bravery and decisive action, not months or years of hand wringing. We know what’s wrong with the T. Governor Patrick had the T studied by the former CEO of John Hancock to lay out its problems. There should be few questions about what’s wrong with the T – what we need is a plan to fix it.
To that end, we need to keep up pressure on our State Legislators to fix this problem they created (Or exacerbated, depending on how you want to look at it). The culpability of the Legislature in this is very clear.
If you look at how many members of the Legislature represent towns served by the MBTA subway system alone (Not Commuter Rail or Ferry), these cities & towns represent 23% of the House and 28% of the Senate (and the numbers are way higher once we add in the Commuter Rail). And where have these members been in the news? I’ve contacted my Rep and my Senator on numerous occasions and have heard back nothing. We need to make our voices heard! These members should demand action from House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg. (DeLeo, BTW represents Revere – directly served by the MBTA Blue Line – and Winthrop, where undoubtedly many members of the community depend on the T to get to work in Boston).
I urge you to contact your Legislators and let them know we need to fix the T TODAY.
This list represents those Legislators who cover the towns & cities served by the MBTA subway (Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Malden, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Revere & Somerville). If your Leg isn’t on this list, look them up!
|Legislator||Chamber||District||Party||Phone Number||Email Address|
|Aaron Michlewitz||House||DISTRICT: 3rd Suffolk||D||617-722-2240||Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov|
|Angelo M. Scaccia||House||DISTRICT: 14th Suffolk||D||617-722-2060||Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov|
|Bruce J. Ayers||House||DISTRICT: 1st Norfolk||D||617-722-2230||Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov|
|Byron Rushing||House||DISTRICT: 9th Suffolk||D||617-722-2783||Byron.Rushing@mahouse.gov|
|Christine P. Barber||House||DISTRICT: 34th Middlesex||D||617-722-2425||Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov|
|Daniel Cullinane||House||DISTRICT: 12th Suffolk||D||617-722-2006||Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov|
|Daniel Hunt||House||DISTRICT: 13th Suffolk||D||617-722-2060||Daniel.Hunt@mahouse.gov|
|Daniel J. Ryan||House||DISTRICT: 2nd Suffolk||D||617-722-2396||Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov|
|David M. Rogers||House||DISTRICT: 24th Middlesex||D||617-722-2400||Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov|
|Denise Provost||House||DISTRICT: 27th Middlesex||D||617-722-2263||Denise.Provost@mahouse.gov|
|Edward F. Coppinger||House||DISTRICT: 10th Suffolk||D||617-722-2304||Edward.Coppinger@mahouse.gov|
|Elizabeth A. Malia||House||DISTRICT: 11th Suffolk||D||617-722-2060||Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov|
|Evandro Carvalho||House||DISTRICT: 5th Suffolk||D||617-722-2396||Evandro.Carvalho@mahouse.gov|
|Frank I. Smizik||House||DISTRICT: 15th Norfolk||D||617-722-2676||Frank.Smizik@mahouse.gov|
|Gloria L. Fox||House||DISTRICT: 7th Suffolk||D||617-722-2810||Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov|
|Jay Livingstone||House||DISTRICT: 8th Suffolk||D||617-722-2011||Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov|
|Jeffrey Sánchez||House||DISTRICT: 15th Suffolk||D||617-722-2130||Jeffrey.email@example.com|
|John J. Lawn, Jr.||House||DISTRICT: 10th Middlesex||D||617-722-2304||John.Lawn@mahouse.gov|
|Jonathan Hecht||House||DISTRICT: 29th Middlesex||D||617-722-2140||Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov|
|Kay Khan||House||DISTRICT: 11th Middlesex||D||617-722-2011||Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov|
|Kevin G. Honan||House||DISTRICT: 17th Suffolk||D||617-722-2470||Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov|
|Marjorie C. Decker||House||DISTRICT: 25th Middlesex||D||617-722-2430||Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov|
|Mark J. Cusack||House||DISTRICT: 5th Norfolk||D||617-722-2637||Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov|
|Michael J. Moran||House||DISTRICT: 18th Suffolk||D||617-722-2014||Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov|
|Nick Collins||House||DISTRICT: 4th Suffolk||D||617-722-2080||Nick.Collins@mahouse.gov|
|Paul Brodeur||House||DISTRICT: 32nd Middlesex||D||617-722-2030||Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov|
|Paul J. Donato||House||DISTRICT: 35th Middlesex||D||617-722-2040||Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov|
|Robert A. DeLeo||House||DISTRICT: 19th Suffolk||D||617-722-2500||Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov|
|Ronald Mariano||House||DISTRICT: 3rd Norfolk||D||617-722-2300||Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov|
|RoseLee Vincent||House||DISTRICT: 16th Suffolk||D||617-722-2430||RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov|
|Russell E. Holmes||House||DISTRICT: 6th Suffolk||D||617-722-2220||Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov|
|Ruth B. Balser||House||DISTRICT: 12th Middlesex||D||617-722-2396||Ruth.Balser@mahouse.gov|
|Steven Ultrino||House||DISTRICT: 33rd Middlesex||D||617-722-2425||Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov|
|Tackey Chan||House||DISTRICT: 2nd Norfolk||D||617-722-2080||Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov|
|Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.||House||DISTRICT: 26th Middlesex||D||617-722-2380||Timothy.Toomey@mahouse.gov|
|Walter F. Timilty||House||DISTRICT: 7th Norfolk||D||617-722-2230||Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov|
|Anthony W. Petruccelli||Senate||DISTRICT: First Suffolk and Middlesex||D||617-722-1634||Anthony.Petruccelli@masenate.gov|
|Brian A. Joyce||Senate||DISTRICT: Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth||D||617-722-1643||Brian.Joyce@masenate.gov|
|Cynthia S. Creem||Senate||DISTRICT: First Middlesex and Norfolk||D||617-722-1639||Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov|
|Jason M. Lewis||Senate||DISTRICT: Fifth Middlesex||D||617-722-1206||Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov|
|John F. Keenan||Senate||DISTRICT: Norfolk and Plymouth||D||617-722-1494||John.Keenan@masenate.gov|
|Linda Dorcena Forry||Senate||DISTRICT: First Suffolk||D||617-722-1150||Linda.DorcenaForry@masenate.gov|
|Michael F. Rush||Senate||DISTRICT: Norfolk and Suffolk||D||617-722-1348||Mike.Rush@masenate.gov|
|Patricia D. Jehlen||Senate||DISTRICT: Second Middlesex||D||617-722-1578||Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov|
|Sal N. DiDomenico||Senate||DISTRICT: Middlesex and Suffolk||D||617-722-1650||Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov|
|Sonia Chang-Diaz||Senate||DISTRICT: Second Suffolk||D||617-722-1673||Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov|
|William N. Brownsberger||Senate||DISTRICT: Second Suffolk and Middlesex||D||617-722-1280||William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov|
I also encourage EVERYONE to attend their local Commonwealth Conversations meeting that is being held by the Senate leadership. The meetings for Western & Central Mass have already happened, but the rest of the state will have their meetings over the next few weeks:
|North Shore||23-Feb||7:00 PM||Salvatore’s Restaurant||Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public at Salvatore’s Restaurant at 354 Merrimack St, Lawrence, MA 01843|
|South Shore||25-Feb||6:30 PM||Braintree Town Hall, Cahill Auditorium; 1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree MA 02184||Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public.|
|Metro West||2-Mar||7:00 PM||Newton North High School||Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public at Newton North High School (457 Walnut St, Newton MA 02460)|
|Metro Boston||4-Mar||6:30 PM||Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Center||Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public at Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center (1234 Columbus Avenue Roxbury, MA 02120)|
|South Coast||11-Mar||6:30 PM||Bridgewater State University – TBD||Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public|
|Southeast||18-Mar||6:00 PM||Admiral’s Hall Auditorium in the Harrington Building at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532).||Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public.|