Policy Brief Author: Greg Sullivan Date: June 19, 2013 The MBTA’s bus repair and maintenance program is an example of a budget area that deserves close scrutiny by legislators as they contemplate transportation-related tax increases. Pioneer Institute’s analysis shows that the MBTA could save more than $250 million over six years by bringing its costs into line with those of comparable bus transit agencies in the United States. This policy paper compares the MBTA’s bus maintenance costs to those of other bus transit agencies and considerers the causes of the T’s inordinately high bus maintenance spending. Considering that the MBTA spent a whopping $832 million on bus maintenance between 2000 and 2011, any significant improvement in cost-effectiveness in this area is certain to translate into large savings.
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