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Former secretary defends record

July 17, 2011

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I TAKE strong issue with Brian McGrory’s characterization of the governor’s first two transportation secretaries as “disasters’’ in his column “Clearing the tunnel vision’’ (Metro, July 13).

My record of accomplishment as transportation secretary is strong. Among other things, I developed a historic reform bill that is now law; I connected the Silver Line from Dudley Square to Logan Airport using the state’s first true bus rapid transit system; I directed the MBTA to provide its data free to the marketplace, enabling the private sector to create new smartphone apps that strengthen customer service at no cost to the state; I extended the T student pass to evening hours; I directed stimulus funding to a diverse set of projects that ensured regional and modal equity.

I made tough decisions, took decisive action, spoke candidly, and in my advocacy for a gas tax increase and transferring highway money to transit, I demonstrated the political courage that is sadly too rare in our “go along, get along’’ political culture.

The Globe’s consistently antagonistic coverage of me and my record could be the subject of a Columbia Journalism School case study, but absent that, I will continue to object to facile and misinformed swipes.

James Aloisi
Boston