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AHEAD OF FARE VOTE, BOARD MEMBER RIPS MBTA'S "UNDERINVESTMENT"

By Chris Lisinski
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON, MARCH 12, 2019.....MBTA oversight board member Monica Tibbits-Nutt slammed the authority's "cycle of underinvestment in operations" on Monday, requesting that the next budget include funding for a handful of basic service improvements and maintenance that have been overlooked.


"There's a significant number of people in the Commonwealth for whom [the fare increase] is not moderate," MBTA board member Monica Tibbits-Nutt said Monday. [Photo: FMCB live stream]

Speaking after the board voted to increase rail fares starting July 1 and just before the Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to send a $2.1 billion provisional budget to an outside group for review, Tibbits-Nutt said continued lack of hiring would prevent transit leaders from meeting the needs of riders.

"With the operating budget as presented, we cannot deliver the scheduled service," she said. "It's not service expansion, it's not any investments in additional off-peak. We cannot deliver the scheduled service, period. We've put employees in a situation where you're asking them to pull miracles without enough people, without enough resources."


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