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Report on MBTA's Condition Released Today By Independent Panel

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On November 4, 2009, a panel, headed by David F. D’Alessandro, released the result of an independent review of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) requested by Governor Deval Patrick. The review’s mission was to examine the MBTA’s financial condition, operations and organization.  is the link to the report on the MBTA issued on November 4, 2009

Among the report's conclusions:

  • As a result for the Forward Funding strategy put in place to help the MBTA many years ago, a structural operating deficit between expenses and revenue has existed for many years—predating the current administration.
  • As a result of the structural deficit, many projects that would address critical safety or system reliability issues are not funded each year.
  • The MBTA, as an aging, complex and underfunded transportation system has to confront unpleasant surprises that can result in safety hazards and service delays.
  • "The choices ahead are difficult and stark. Stakeholders and decision makers will need to accept the reality that extremely difficult decisions must be made by the new governance structure created for the MBTA and other agencies by the Transportation Reform Act."

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