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Thursday, April 05, 2012

No fare

This probably was not what MBTA officials hoped for as they raised fares by 23 percent while also cutting service.

No, I'm not referring to the trash fire that shut down the Red Line for several hours.

Rather it was another reminder of the Big Dig legacy and the impact of that project's vast overruns on all aspects of the state's beleaguered transportation infrastructure.

Technically, the $54 million price tag will be paid by the contractors who messed up in the first place. But does anyone think a $500 million settlement will cover all the ills left behind?

And it certainly doesn't come close to dealing with the debt payments saddled on the T and its riders as a result of the massive overruns that bankrupted the late, unlamented Turnpike Authority.

Nor is it comforting to hear transportation officials explain why the company responsible for this particular fiasco, isn't being asked to step up to the plate. According to state highway administrator Frank DePaola:
“You can’t get damages from a company out of business.’’
At least track fires can be put out. This fiscal fire seems unquenchable.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know what anyone thinks and I don't use the system (or even go into Boston), but has the idea of privatizing any of the transportation been brought up? Maybe turn the Red line (pick a line) rights over to a private concern? There are plenty of customers and maybe hire Disney to come up with a design and system. Or the people who handle the Atlanta airport? It couldn't get worse could it?

April 05, 2012 12:21 PM  

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