It’s a slippery slope. It’s a dangerous way to go. When you talk about privatization, in an initial contract, it always seems like it’s going to save money. Long-term it doesn’t save money, the costs go up.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
I use the analogy of somebody who doesn't change the oil in their car and then when the car breaks down, they go and blame the mechanic and want to fire the mechanic. These are good, solid middle class jobs and people who are working hard, raising families, contributing to their communities and that's what we need.
State Senator John F. Keenan
Part of the problem is related to the perception that maybe we could do better in spending the money more effectively and efficiently. But as someone who’s looked at the numbers for a long time, we’re not going to be able to reform and efficiency and effectiveness our way out of this problem. The transportation system simply needs more money.
Rick Dimino, President, A Better City
Generations of chronic underfunding put the T behind both in terms of growing to meet its demand and in replacing its dated equipment. Any fix for the MBTA that doesn’t address both those issues isn’t a fix.
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone
There is no question that the MBTA is an expensive and complex system. It requires large expenditures just to continue operating. Any thought that these problems can be addressed primarily through expense reductions is misguided.
We believe that the Commonwealth needs a 21st Century, world-class transportation system – because it is what we all deserve. But in order to see that happen, we need investments in track maintenance, the purchase of new vehicles and new technology, and improvements to infrastructure to help turn around the MBTA and ensure an improved system for riders. As tax paying citizens of Massachusetts, you are invested in the MBTA, and as riders your fares are an integral part of MBTA funding. Your contributions should be utilized to invest in the system you rely on, not given to a private company seeking to make a profit off of a public service.
RidersFirst is operated by the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589, which is the largest of 28 unions with members employed by the MBTA. Over 4,100 MBTA employees are members of Local 589, including: Bus Drivers, Train (Subway) and Trolley Operators, Maintenance of Way and Repairmen, Money Room Employees, and Automated Fare Collection (AFC) Technicians, Customer Service Agents (CSA), Dispatchers, and Clerks. All workers must have a high school diploma or a GED, complete a CORI check, pass a psychology evaluation, and pass an aptitude test. Below are some other stats about Local 589 members.