MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has been in the top job for a little more than two months. Since she's taken the reins, Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled his vision for a major transportation overhaul, and a heavy snowstorm forced the network to shut down for more than 48 hours.
Scott joins us to talk about her vision for MBTA, the system's financial and operational woes and the governor's plan to fix the ageing system.
Beverly Scott, MBTA general manager
MAPC: "After a decade of chronic underfunding, the MBTA is facing a $161 million gap in its budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins on July 1st. The T has proposed two different packages of fare increases and service cuts (Scenario 1 and Scenario 2), both of which have generated strong public opposition. See if you can figure out a better way to fix next year's budget by choosing what you think are the best options for raising revenue, cutting costs, and finding help from other state agencies."
Boston Globe: "Surging T ridership and booming construction around transit stations, the study from the Urban Land Institute found, are poised to overwhelm the MBTA, potentially limiting future development and slowing the regional economy."
Boston Herald: "The T payroll, obtained by the Herald yesterday after a public records request, shows that 711 employees have cracked the ranks of the $100,000-plus pay club — a 12.5 percent jump over the previous year."
This segment aired on February 25, 2013.