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.”