It isn’t like this report was a surprise. I see now why it was delayed from its original anticipated date of October 2006. I would hate to be the one in charge when this came out. I have written about some of the things the Commission wrote about the MBTA funding problems. I didn’t know and was really shocked to see the following:
These operating expense problems are in addition to the structural problems with sales tax revenue, expansion, and debt service. The report seems to make it painfully clear that the Commonwealth requires leadership on the transportation issue and a coordinated state plan for solving the problem. Patrick’s initial response doesn’t suggest at this point that he’s the one to do it.
Reading it also makes me less sympathetic with grouchy MBTA employees.