How To Fix The MBTA

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For the first time this month, the MBTA trolley and subway services are pretty much up and running.

"Let me tell you, I think that old T is trying to roar back over here," said a jubilant MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott Monday morning, speaking to Morning Edition. "Our maintenance team has been working 360 around the clock and so, even in terms of our car counts, which are down some, but the service level, which is critical for customers, is also coming back very, very well."

While the T's darkest days this winter might be behind it — and let's all knock on wood for that — many people are now wondering, what will it take to fix the T?


Jeremy Mendelson, co-founder of

Terrance Regan, professor of city planning at Boston University.


BU Today: What If The Green Line Actually Worked?

  • "Terrance Regan tries to impress upon students that it’s more important to maintain existing infrastructure than to spend millions on major expansions—like, say, the extension of MBTA service to Somerville. And for Regan’s Metropolitan College urban transportation policy and planning class, the winter of 2015 is turning into one big teachable moment."

TransitMatters: An Emergency Transportation Plan To Fix Boston's Transit Crisis

  • "Yesterday we learned that due to decades of neglect the MBTA will need at least 30 days to restore service to the normal level of delays, signal problems and disabled trains we're used to. While there is plenty of blame to go around, right now we must focus on the current emergency."

This segment aired on February 23, 2015.


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