"People ask me if I feel vindicated" by all of the new riders, former governor and Riverside line regular Dukakis said yesterday. "No! I feel frustrated."What should be a pinnacle in time for the MBTA, is a nightmare. Yes, while ridership is up, the T has a legion of problems - many caused by the agency itself. I'm sick of the media's leniency with Grabauskas - he has been in charge long enough to assume some accountability for the T's issues:
This is because the T's finances, which Grabauskas inherited, are a gargantuan mess.This is more like the truth, though:
So, instead of a world class system, we are left with the prospect of one with major problems - crowding, crumbling infrastructure, and too much debt to fix inevitable problems.The article went on to describe the relationship most of us have with the T - a love/hate relationship. Commuters are sick of the lack of reliability and the lack of communications when trains or buses are delayed or canceled. Plus, riders want more, cleaner trains without spending more than what they are spending.
"The last thing in the world we need at this point in time is a fare increase," Dukakis said. "All it will do is drive people away from the system at a time when we want more people, and not fewer, riding it."Finally, if you have the time, do consider reading Charlie on the Commuter Rail's most recent post, published today. I think most of us can relate to the reliability issues, the not late trains that are late, and the overall plain disgusting antics of Danny G. and the T.
Speaking of late trains that are not really late but are late, has anyone seen any recently published on-time performance stats? The MBCR was sending this information out earlier this year, but it seems to disappear. As a public entity, the MBTA and the MBCR need to be MANDATED to publish this information. Otherwise, there is no official accountability. Oh, I get it, they don't want to be accountable.