House Speaker Robert DeLeo changes tune, backs MBTA control board

June 11, 2015 - 1 minute read – by Garrett Quinn on May 20, 2015

BOSTON — House Speaker Robert DeLeo now backs an independent fiscal and management control board to oversee the operations of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

DeLeo said in a prepared statement on Wednesday that he has come out in support of Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to salvage the troubled public transportation agency after a catastrophic winter exposed its systemic problems.

“As I have stated consistently the MBTA failures of this winter were completely unacceptable and we must make the changes necessary to fix the system. I am committed to the creation of a control board to help implement much needed reform – just as the House passed Pacheco-reform in its budget last month,” said DeLeo in a statement emailed to reporters.

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