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  • Should the MBTA halt plans for expansion?

    Boston Globe - 03/21/2015

    We have learned many things about our public transportation system this winter, none of them good. But perhaps the most important is this: We have no business rushing headlong into expanding a fragile network that breaks down when it’s too cold, too snowy or — as is often the case — for no particular reason at all.

    Like thousands of other commuters frustrated by trains and subway cars that don’t arrive, I’ve been closely following news coverage about what’s wrong with the MBTA. Is too little spending on maintenance the problem? Incompetent management? New trains so badly made that they spend months in the repair shop before they can be put into service? Overly generous union contracts? Big Dig debt? And how much should we blame Keolis, the private company that manages commuter rail?

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