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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

So that's how they'll cover the deficit

If you're a certain age, you'll remember Choo-Choo Charlie, a cartoon kid who peddled Good and Plenty candy. The jingle included the line "Charlie says..." Dan Grabuskas is probably humming that line this morning after the debut of the CharlieCard -- and given the fact it is the T -- another foul-up.

I think we've learned how the MBTA is going to pay for its shortfall -- and that of the Big Dig too -- make commuters pay for rides they don't get.

Yes, everyone and everything is entitled to a few glitches when they roll out a new product or service. But here are the important words:
T officials made no public disclosure about the problem, caused by an overloaded computer network. The Globe learned of the issue from riders.
So forgive me if I spend the day humming "Charlie says: pay up!"


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