< .comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Massachusetts Liberal

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

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Truth at the T?

First the MBTA announces it is going to improve service time on commuter rail -- by being honest about the schedule.

Now Smilin' Dan Grabauskas reveals a deep dark secret -- known to anyone who has stood at a subway platform or bus stop -- the T has actually not run all the scheduled trips it says it does.

Our public transit system is a certifiable basket case. It has been leaderless and clueless vile comments by angry riders don't change the fact that the man who has been in the forefront of the fiasco needs to be held accountable.

Smilin' Dan has GOT to go -- and soon.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Deval doesn't get tagged with this?

February 16, 2008 1:42 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Well Smilin' Dan is Romney appointee but if you look back at my rants you'll notice I've been suggesting Deval should do to the T what he did to the Turnpike Authority and in higher ed.

February 16, 2008 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why would the Governor be more responsible for the T than the person actually running it? The governor and legislature should be holding him accountable, but the buck has to stop with Dan.

February 18, 2008 12:14 PM  
Blogger Commute-a-holic said...

Massport, the Pike and the MBTA are run in a very similar manner. Both are quasi-public entities whose boards are appointed by the Governor. This was designed to ensure that Massport and the T are run in a bipartisan manner.

The governor has the power to appoint board members and the governor can wield influence to impact changes within the board (case in point - the Mass Pike issues from 2 years ago).

The Governor and the Legislature should not be sitting back enabling the T to pull all the hijinks they have been pulling. Grabauskas should be out - he effectively let the agency lie because he "didn't know how to stop" the misinformation. That alone should be grounds for a dismissal. Instead, he'll probably involve the state in some "discrimination" issue because of the emails he received from a frustated MBTA commuter rail rider who happens to be a state employee.

The media is essentially letting the T slide away with this poor behavior.

It is absolutely outrageous that Grabauskas isn't immediately terminated. The T needs to be revamped - he is obviously not the person who can do that.

February 19, 2008 1:22 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home