"This board will bring much-needed focus, expertise, urgency, discipline and accountability to the MBTA over the next three years – powers that can be extended for another two years if deemed necessary," said Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan and Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, in a statement.
By Mayor James Dolan and Eileen McAnneny, The Boston Herald
Now legislators need to finish the job. As the Herald pointed out, additional steps, including giving the board final approval of labor contracts, the flexibility to change the fare structure at the T and more transparency into the T Retirement Fund, are essential to ensuring these reforms make the biggest possible difference.
The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation doesn’t have an official stance on the Olympics. But they are focused on the MBTA and its $6.7 billion backlog of necessary improvements, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the organization. “I don’t know whether or not what Boston2024 is proposing aligns with the MBTA’s and the commuting public’s priorities,” she said.
The Transportation Finance Commission was created as an independent body to examine and evaluate the financial health of the State's transportation agencies and authorities, and make recommendations based on their findings.