As Adeas has already noted, the Masters of Beacon Hill are staying the course on the slow demise of the MBTA. Nothing will change.
From the Globe:
Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo…instead saying they looked forward to learning more
DeLeo said the powerful trio has spoken about the idea of a commission to examine problems at the T
A commission! The Commonwealth is saved.
Senator William Brownsberger….noted the Legislature had already made some long-term efforts to help the T, pointing to funding for new cars on the Orange and Red lines set to go into service in a few years. (emphasis added)
Full speed ahead, boys!
lawmakers said they supported a deliberative process that prioritizes getting any new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reforms right, rather just getting something done right now.
Ah, Reform before Revenue Redux! With the secret codicil: and therefore, no reform, because then we would have to do something, God forbid.
Kick-the-can-down-the-road-ism remains the preferred strategy.
A commission will take care of this at least until the snow melts. Then we can Learn More until the new T cars arrive, if they do, and then we’ll have plenty of room to decry the mismanagement we have failed to clean up.
Here’s the Globe’s headline, btw, with correction for clarity:
Fast fix to MBTA woes is unlikely
Here’s my modest proposal for how to end these shenanigans.
A grass-roots movement to abolish the T. Specifically to repeal Chapter 161A of the General Laws.
Put that on the ballot and the battle is finally joined.
So what would repeal mean? it would mean revolution. It would mean chaos and lawsuits. The Globe will tell us all how is destructive and irresponsible it is.
In short, repeal would require the Legislature to act. Probably before any referendum took place. For once, no more can-kicking. For once, they would own it.
Which is fair, after all they broke it. PS Not quite fair to Sen. Brownberger who is a good guy on this stuff. But his quote is representative.
Update: Sorry, shoulda put that jump-break thingy in (to shorten the post on the front page) to begin with.