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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Like shooting fish in a barrel

Maybe he needs that quarter of a million dollar salary to pay for the gas?

Smilin' Dan is back in the headlines again, one day after admitting the MBTA didn't set aside a reserve to pay for an expected collective bargaining agreement. The MBTA's cracker jack boss says he doesn't know how the T will pay for the raises.

Taking away his big honkin' SUV and getting him a CharlieCard would be a good place to start.

Says Dan:
“I do try to set an example by using the T within the city, but my schedule tends to be erratic. I need to be able to go anywhere at all times,” he said.
Um, so does every MBTA commuter suffering with erratic schedules on overcrowded buses, trolleys and subways.

And automatic climate control? I'm sure his overheated passengers are envious.

Naturally his North Shore neighbors, unwilling or unable to pay to fill an SUV tank (even a 4-cylinder job that gets 34 highway) aren't impressed either.
“What?! Either practice what you preach or get out,” Jeff Ries huffed recently as he waited for the commuter train at the Ipswich station, a 10-minute drive from Grabauskas’ home.
Hey Deval, it's really long past time to get rid of this guy.

And speaking if fish in a barrel -- the Registry isn't doing its job to keep bad drivers off the road? Who knew?

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Anonymous Hi-Ho Dan Needs To Go said...

Armed with a small napkin and an icy Diet Coke, Judy Callahan waited for the Mattapan trolley yesterday, which she expected to offer little relief from the blazing afternoon sun.

"You've got to have something to drink on the T," said Callahan, of Cedar Grove, as a cluster of video cameras and news reporters gathered at the Ashmont MBTA station created a buzz among commuters that this day would be different, that the historic Red Line trolley car would finally be air-conditioned.

But when Car 3230 pulled up to the platform, it was no haven from the heat. [b]The new air-conditioning system, the first to be installed in the Mattapan trolley fleet, broke down en route to its debut at Ashmont, disappointing MBTA officials who said the system has been working since it was installed at the end of June.[/b]

July 10, 2008 9:20 AM  
Blogger Commute-a-holic said...

This is absolutely outrageous. It would be like the CEO of Coke always choosing to drink a Pepsi product or senior level executive at Bud saying that they hate mass-produced American beer, so they'll only drink Sam Adams.

Now is the right time to find a true leader who can effectively manage the MBTA. We need someone who can make mass transit a relevant commuting option, as it is better for commuters and the environment.

He should be ashamed of himself.

July 10, 2008 9:54 AM  

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