Andy Metzger sums up Charlie on the MBTA, from the halcyon days of the 2015 blizzards to today.
I guess space was limited, but he could have included how one of the board members had to immediately resign due to a history of embezzling, or how parts of the Alewife station fell on a car...
I would say it was a fair assessment. I guess the only thing I found lacking is a concrete assessment of the finances of the T. But yes, on the one hand, the Alewife debacle wasn't mentioned, but neither was the progress on new cars (begun as Patrick was leaving office, to be sure) and signaling.
New Cartoons: 1. Baker's first choice for Transport Secretary: Kerasiotes, in his jail cell 2. A ripped up Pacheco Law 3. T riders walking through a tunnel as a train burns (take your pick of which incident) 4. Stephanie Pollack's new luxurious T bathroom 5. the South Coast Rail being redirected away from Taunton 6. Baker giving big fu's to Roxbury and Mattapan. 7. A pile of cooked books falling out of a T closet. 8. The new Gov dolling out transportation patronage jobs to his donors 9. Baker extorting millions from Cambridge and Somerville for the GLX. 10. Boston in unison protesting the West Station cut. 11. The collapsed Hingham dock. 12. Baker surveying seaport parcels for a GE helipad
These cartoons are fantasy, but I have faith Baker will turn things around next year
Great that it has the flip flop Baker made on his no new fews or taxes with the fare increase that the globe hasn't mentioned in reporting on his broken promises, but forgot to mention another one is coming in 2019 after the election. Of course, Baker hasn't raised the tolls or gas tax. T riders are his punching bag that gets his base riled up. They might see he hasnt done much other than loosen environmental standards and added a solar power tax to home solar users, but cutting service, cancelling or delaying needed expansions and whining about public transit is red meat for mass conservatives/independents.
Charlie Baker shivers when he hears the 'T' word especially when he is questioned about Trump or the MBTA. In the comics above the Transit Police arrested several employees at the Revenue room. My question is were those employees fired? What happened in court were they found guilty or were the cases bagged for political reasons.
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