I wonder what our former governor’s thoughts are about the current MBTA funding scheme. A little leadership from the executive branch would be refreshing.
I don’t think anyone is playing us like a violin to gain critical mass for a long-term solution. IMHO the institutional stakeholders are pulling in slightly different directions based on their various missions and T riders are going to take it on the chin again when the heat dissipates. You have to love tone deaf MASSPORT though. 1 billion dollars for superLogan renovation. You need a ferry system.
Anecdotally, a friend in Lynn said that over two hundred people showed up at a recent public meeting about the fare hike. She was agog because ” 200 people at any meeting in Lynn is unheard of.” Will all these people end up with a bad taste in their mouth because of another round of can kicking?
My solution: A Damon/Affleck film with 1.4 million extras portraying subway riders. Would DeLeo acknowledge T riders then?
Matt Damon’s line from December still rings true “people are literally- without any focus or leadership- just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off … Imagine if they had a leader.”
BTW Speaking of institutional leaders, where the #**# is the Conservation Law Foundation? You all are pretty quiet considering. See: http://bluemassgroup.com/2012/02/proposed-mbta-service-cutsfare-increase-passing-the-buck-for-mitigation/