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  • June 20 2019
    We are a diverse group of organizations with business constituencies, united by the once-in-a generation opportunity to modernize and decarbonize our transportation system. We are writing to you for two reasons. First, we strongly support the work of the Commission on the Future of Transportation and we would like to see its recommendations fully implemented.
  • December 14 2018
    The Commission’s work is grounded in what was learned through extensive reading of articles and reports, public input both written and from five Listening Sessions, expert presentations, and the knowledge, experience, and expertise of the Commission members themselves.
  • September 27 2017

    In light of the many changes occurring in the transportation realm, the Foundation strongly urges the Commonwealth to reconsider and reshape its planning process for the years ahead. The TFC narrative that directed policy for a decade and drove vital changes to fix the state’s transportation system is no longer valid because the future challenges the state must confront are intrinsically different than those of a decade ago. This reality requires a new blueprint to address the many issues that have emerged since, or were not contemplated when, the TFC released its reports a decade ago.

  • August 15 2017

    The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation applauds the Administration’s appointment of Luis Ramirez to become the next General Manager of the MBTA. MTF has voiced previously its concern about the absence of permanent leadership in an organization that needs a boost in talent and morale. Eileen McAnneny, MTF’s President, stated “Mr. Ramirez’s appointment is a terrific step forward in transforming the MBTA into the high-quality, customer-centric public transportation system that its riders deserve.”

  • July 27 2017
    The FixOurT Coalition supports the MBTA efforts to explore privatization of bus maintenance as a means to improve service and reduce a major cost component of its purchases.
  • December 19 2016
    According to Eileen McAnneny, the Foundation’s President, ”this contract agreement demonstrates what is achievable when management and labor have a candid dialogue on how to face future challenges without the shackles of the Pacheco law. Massachusetts has established itself as the hub of innovation driving economic growth; today’s agreement shows the impact this type of innovative approach can have on the public sector. Applying this approach more broadly to all government operations would have a profoundly positive impact on the delivery of services and the state’s bottom line.”
  • July 20 2016
    The FixOurT Coalition coalesced around the need to turn the MBTA into a safe, reliable and fiscally sustainable public transit system. We advocated for the creation of the Fiscal and Management Control Board, an entity created to oversee the T’s turnaround. As we mark its one year anniversary, this status report is intended to examine the Board’s many accomplishments and remaining challenges.
  • June 16 2016

    The Foundation focuses this report on the capital financing of transportation. More specifically, MTF takes a critical first look at the two most important questions facing the transportation capital spending plan: 1) how does the state decide which projects to fund? and 2) how well does the state manage the spending of those scarce dollars? With limited resources and a seemingly unending list of capital needs, these two questions determine where and how well the state can fix the transportation infrastructure.