MBTA Board of Directors, June 9, 2022, Agenda Item 4
Members of the Board, thank you for the opportunity to submit comments today.
The FY23 Operating Budget is on the agenda for discussion and possible action today. As you determine whether to approve the budget, A Better City urges you to consider the following:
In February 2022, this Board received an update on implementation of the Safety Report recommendations and corrective actions. It was informed that three of the four financial review corrective actions and the safety culture corrective action were on hold.
The FY23 operating budget must prioritize safety, and A Better City recognizes the targeted efforts to do so; however, there must be a path forward to ensure safety and provide riders with frequent, reliable, affordable, and adequate service. The riding public counts on you to ensure this happens. • A Better City stands ready to help identify and develop both funding and technical solutions that achieve the balance the system needs. One possibility would be to reverse some of the $500 million this Board voted to transfer in FY22 from the T’s operating budget to its capital budget (despite continued safety incidents, a looming fiscal cliff, and a system still running and staffed for below full service.)
1 Better City (2020): On the MBTA Safety Review Panel Report
2 Safety Review Panel Report, ES-2
3 Safety Review Panel Report, page 8
4 Safety Review Panel Report, page 30