In a July 6 e-mail to Transportation Secretary James A. Aloisi Jr., Grabauskas detailed a plan to delay a fare increase until January 2011, writing that that there would probably be enough new state sales tax revenue and federal stimulus money to “spare our customers, many of whom are poor and transit dependent, a fare increase for an additional year, during the worst economic climate in 80 years.’’
Aloisi wrote back the same day and advocated a more immediate fare increase, for January 2010.
“Thanks Dan,’’ Aloisi wrote. “My reaction is that there are too many ‘ifs’ or other risks in the scenario you outline – too many things have to go right . . . My objective here is to set the MBTA on a much stronger financial footing, and moving forward on the fare increase now seems to me to be the best and most certain way to accomplish that for the next three fiscal years.’’
And so now Aloisi grants the big reprieve from a fare increase?
Are you kidding me?
This is nuts. I cannot imagine how Aloisi can spin his way out of this one, but he better start explaining. I mean, even as manipulation, this is really, really low quality.
(And as Outraged Lib says, it wasn't even necessary as a precipitating factor for Grabauskas' ouster — that would be the bad service, and to my mind, the NTSB's incredulous reaction to the way we've been doing things here.)