Re: OT - MBTA shenanigans
posted at 4/14/2009 9:29 AM EDT
The MBTA needs more money. Anyone who thinks mere reorganization is going to find $175million a year is out of her gourd. Fare evasion and a handful of parked cars are a drop in the bucket. Debt service and obscene contracts are the lion's share. The latter can eventually be renegotiated, though you can be sure no union will ever take a pay cut, but the former needs to just be paid. They need to fix their obscene pension program - and they need a pension since public sector employees can't collect SS - and they need a gas tax increase.
Posted by helphelpImbeingrepressed
Yes, fare evasion is a huge deal. You obviously dont see just how many tickets a day are not collected. At $7 a pop, it adds up times all the people times all the train lines times all the days in a year. It is not rocket science.
And Mass had a chance to not use the mbta several years ago. When the contract went up for bid, the same company that runs the NJ transit system bid on it, lower than the MBTAs bid, and Mass rejected it.
The MBTA does not have to have our contract. They can be fired and a new company brought in.
Any company that pays their employees salaries higher than their revenues is inefficient. if you spend more than you bring in, thats your problem and you will go under.
If not fired, the mbta needs to start making sure they collect all fares from everyone who uses the trains, and cut their spending. Cutting salaries and or layoffs is a must for these overpaid people. Again I say an accounting clerk at 103k?? Accounting clerks are paid in the 30ks, accountants 40k plus, and cpas at over 100k.
I will be damned if it costs me more money at the pump to fund a company that cannot manage its own money and is so filled with greed that they have such ridiculous salaries.
It is also not fair for people to pay a higher gas tax for a transit system that supports ONE CITY in the state. Boston is one city people work in, one city people live in. Unless you live in or work in Boston, the transit system does not benefit people. There are lots of people who work in the city, but there are lots more who work all over the rest of the state.
Fire the MBTA.
And what kind of business manager cries to the state ' give me money or else'? Try doing your job as swipe and examine your financial statements. What is your 103k/yr accountant doing?? Nothing?? Surprise surprise..