T in worse shape than we thought
With the T’s maintenance backlog exceeding $3 billion, The MBTA reportreleased yesterday found 51 of 57 high-priority T safety projectscouldn’t be funded in the latest budget.
While a cringe-inducing report outlined the financial state of the
MBTA, it did not offer specific new revenue sources to fix the
problems. Neither did Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday — though he stressed
T riders shouldn’t expect fare increases for at least a year or two.
A fare hike proposal had been shelved until the conclusion of this
report, but yesterday Patrick conceded the state can’t ask residents to
pay more for T rides until other reforms and cost-saving measures take
form — the same argument he made Monday about revisiting a gas tax