Charles Chieppo

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Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

MBTA needs to adopt 21st century management practices

IT’S ALL BUT irresistible to characterize the MBTA’s efforts to contract out part of its bus maintenance operation as a union issue: Will bus maintenance continue to be performed by unionized T employees or will it be privatized? But focusing on that question misses the point. The proposal is really about bringing bus maintenance management and practices into the(...)

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T privatization survives key union challenge

T privatization survives key union challenge

Arbitrator rejects ‘get out of jail free’ card

THE MBTA’S BUDGET SHORTFALL, once pegged at $335 million for the current fiscal year, is now down to $30 million.  That’s good news for riders, taxpayers, employers, and legislators—really everyone except the T’s unions.  Much of the savings is the result of a three-year exemption from the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law that the authority was granted(...)

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Congressional delegation should butt out

Congressional delegation should butt out

Focus on T’s retirement fund, not privatization efforts

HERE’S ONE THAT COULD BE A JOKE, except it actually happened.  Every member of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation recently thought it would be a good idea to sign a misguided letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack urging them to avoid saving money and improving service quality at the MBTA. The letter(...)

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MBTA control board is on track

MBTA control board is on track

Panel should seize the opportunity to push more reforms

REMARKABLE PROGRESS HAS been made since a Fiscal and Management Control Board was installed during the summer of 2015 and given powers not previously available to MBTA management. Yet those accomplishments are just a down payment on what it will take to fix the T, and the clock is ticking. As difficult as many of(...)

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Charter schools are not ‘draining’ district budgets

Charter schools are not ‘draining’ district budgets

Biggest problem in districts is failure to adjust to smaller enrollment

AS THIS NOVEMBER’S ballot initiative on raising the cap on the number of charter public schools in Massachusetts draws closer, opponents find ever-more financial woes to blame on the schools. But a September Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study is just the latest to conclude that those accusations don’t pass muster. The MTF study finds that “Examination(...)

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Five takes on the T

Five takes on the T

Crisis at the state's transit agency

EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT the collapse of the T and wondering whether, to borrow a phrase from departing GM Beverly Scott, even God Jr. could get the trains running on time again. The stakes are incredibly high for Greater Boston and the state as a whole, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people who(...)

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Walsh’s legislative skills needed on transportation

Walsh’s legislative skills needed on transportation

Options include congestion pricing, infrastructure bank

A new mayor provides an opportunity for new thinking about Boston-area transportation. And since state participation is a must when it comes to the transportation policies that would create the most benefits for city residents, the fact that Boston’s new mayor, Marty Walsh, happens to have 17 years of Beacon Hill experiences and relationships under(...)

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Measurement error

Measurement error

Convention center pushes ‘place-making’ over heads on beds

the process currently underway to determine how—not whether—to expand the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) offers yet another example of the need for real public sector accountability. Last year, the Massachusetts Convention Center Auth­ority (MCCA) assembled the Convention Partnership to consider expanding what is already New England’s biggest building.  Heavy with tourism industry officials(...)

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Meeting transportation needs may require more tolls and a higher gas tax

Meeting transportation needs may require more tolls and a higher gas tax

gov. patrick faces a transportation challenge that could make the Big Dig look like a piece of cake. Massachusetts could have a shortfall in highway and transit funding of $13 billion to $17 billion over the next 20 years—potentially exceeding the $15 billion price tag of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Closing the gap will require(...)

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