Advisory panel created to get MBTA back on track

BOSTON —Gov. Charlie Baker announced the creation of an advisory council to help diagnose and fix the problems that have plagued the MBTA.

The group will work with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott to get an “on the ground” look at the issues, Baker said.

“Providing reliable public transportation now will require careful review, adequate resources and a serious discussion of re-structuring. It’s clear that following past procedures will only yield the same unacceptable results,” Baker said.

He expects the panel to report back to the state by the end of March, adding that his administration will continue to work with the MBTA on its recovery plan to get full service restored.

“Let me make this clear, we cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result,” Baker said. “It is my hope that this panel can help us to get the T back on solid ground.”

The experts include Jane Garvey, a national leader in transportation policy and top pick for Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration, Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez , the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Harvard University, and Katie Lapp, former Executive Director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North American’s largest transportation network. Paul Barrett will serve as chair, Baker said.

Overnight, crews worked to clear the E Branch of the Green Line to get it up and running again Friday morning. Red Line train service from Alewife to North Quincy Station resumed Friday for the first time since last weekend.

WCVB5  February 20, 2015

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