Friday, February 20, 2015

House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on Governor Baker’s MBTA Special Panel Proposal

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that he is appointing a special panel to identify the underlying causes of the ongoing problems at the MBTA and to recommend potential solutions for improving the MBTA’s governance, structure, finances and operations:

“Governor Baker's Special Panel to Review the MBTA is a strong and positive step in moving the troubled public transit system forward. The Special Panel will work to provide a clear picture of where the MBTA currently stands in order to make the best recommendations and establish appropriate benchmarks to put the system on sound footing both functionally and financially.

The seven member panel represents the diversity of experience and expertise necessary to undertake this review.  Having worked with Mayor Joe Sullivan directly on MBTA issues during his tenure as the House Chairman of the Transportation committee, I am pleased to see his involvement.

It is my hope that Governor Baker’s Special Panel will expeditiously undertake their charge and report back in relatively short order so we can move quickly on their recommendations to provide the people of Massachusetts with the transportation system that they deserve.”