Boston Herald – By Matt Stout on June 5, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker plans to put $83 million over the next five years toward beefing up the MBTA’s wintertime equipment and procedures after last season’s record-breaking snowfall ground the system to a halt and prompted cries for reform inside the agency.
“This is not a cure-all and there remains significant work ahead to overcome the structural and financial challenges we face at the T,” Baker said. “Our legislation, we believe, addresses many of those concerns to set the T on the right track, pun intended, toward efficiency and dependability.”
Baker created the so-called “winter resiliency plan” in addition to legislation he filed calling for a new fiscal control board to oversee the T, opening the department up to more private work and eliminating the final, binding arbitration the T’s powerful Carmen’s Union currently enjoys, among other things.