- Former DiMasi [Deputy — corrected] Chief of Staff [- and Communications Director] David Guarino gives a brief budget-week preview from his new digs at MS&L. News hits Friday @ 5pm, he says.
- via David G., watch for Terry Murray's speech Wed. @ the Boston Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps some tea leaves as to transport reform are to be had.
- From SHNS, nice brief explanation of the differences between the House and Senate versions of the transport bill vis-a-vis the MBTA:
Gov. Deval Patrick wanted an agency, the Senate crafted a freestanding authority, and the bill the House will likely vote on April 7 forges a sort of hybrid, granting the administration tremendous sway over the new agency, entitled the Massachusetts Transportation and Infrastructure Authority, but under tightly defined board appointment guidelines.
“Tremendous sway” is important.
- And here, eury13 outlines how the House's structure might put the T in a stronger position for funds vs. car-roads.
- Mixed feelings in Medford over the Green Line extension. Unsurprisingly, the folks who actually would want to go into Boston are psyched; the folks who have been there for a long time without needing the T are not psyched. Me? I'm psyched, though I actually do hope Hillside does not become the next Davis. I tend to doubt it would, but when you change how you get to a neighborhood, there's the possibility that you change who's in the neighborhood, too.
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