The MBTA is an example of Massachusetts state government out of control.
The system is riddled with waste, patronage appointments, bloated salaries, and excessive pensions that residents throughout the Commonwealth need to subsidize.
The residents of the Second Worcester District are being penalized through cuts in local aid, education, and public services in order to support a failed transportation service.
The state should be making a concerted effort to start to eliminate the top-down waste at the MBTA. A widespread review of pensions, payroll costs, and budgeting processes will showcase the constant areas of waste and inefficiency.
This should not be a partisan issue, but one that is embraced by the entire Commonwealth as a way to reduce spending and debt at the MBTA while also providing a first-class transportation service.