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The Clock is Ticking.......

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The clock is ticking towards December 30, 2017.  As part of…

Report Calls on FMCB to Seek Legislative Intervention on Projected 18-Year, $1.485 Billion T Pension Shortfall

New evaluation commissioned by MBTA projects T contributions…

Op-ed: Shame on the Senate for undoing Pacheco Law exemption

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By Jim Stergios   JUNE 02, 2017 The MBTA has hundreds of…

Study: Evidence Suggests MBTA Pension Low-Balled Costs And Liabilities

Quarter-century of data shows costs at up to six times valuation…

Putting The T On A Clear Path To High Performance

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Pioneer Institute recently submitted public testimony to the…

Study Finds MBTA Had Nation’s Highest Bus Maintenance Costs In 2015

Reducing costs to average of the most similar U.S. transit systems…

The Power of Competition at the T

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In 2015, right after record-setting snowfall shut down the region's…

Getting the T Back on Track

The reforms that the Massachusetts Legislature advanced at the…

Report Calls for Independent Audit & Actuarial Valuation of T Pension Fund

Response commissioned by fund to whistleblower report dismissed…

Pioneer Institute Statement On The MBTA Contract With The Carmen's Union

In February 2015, Pioneer Institute issued a statement citing…

Study Calls For Steps Toward Terminating Troubled MBTA Retirement Fund

The MBTA should assess the feasibility of moving its employees out of the Social Security system and transfer investment management responsibility for its pension fund to the commonwealth’s Pension Reserves Investment Management board as initial steps toward terminating the MBTA Retirement Fund

Study Urges New MBTA Strategic Plan to Focus on Attracting More Riders

Increased ridership would boost revenue, reduce congestion and…

MBTA Analysis Offers Data Comparisons between MBTA & Other Transit Agencies Nationwide

Pioneer Institute is unveiling “MBTAanalysis.com,” a web-based data tool that provides year-by-year comparative data and performance ratings for the MBTA and other transit agencies across the country.

The Future of the MBTA

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Last year the legislature created the MBTA Fiscal and Management…

Outsourcing bus services is—by now—conventional wisdom

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Outsourcing bus services is—by now—conventional wisdom As…

Could Bus Rapid Transit Be the Future of Public Transportation in Boston?

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As the Greater Boston Area continues to grow, it is important…

Update on the State of the Green Line Extension

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The idea for the Green Line Extension (GLX) has been around for…

Pioneer Institute Public Statement to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board

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Earlier this week, Fox 25 News reported that Michael Mulhern,…

OpEd: Shine a light upon MBTA pension fund

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By Mary Z. Connaughton and Charles Chieppo Guest Columnists Originally…

New Study Reveals MBTA’s Reckless Financial Derivatives

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Read coverage in The Bond Buyer: "MBTA Lost $236M in 15 Years…

Out-of-Control Administrative Staffing Budget Increases at the MBTA

With talk of fare hikes and ongoing performance problems, Pioneer…

Column: For the T, riders should come first

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Excerpt from Jim Stergios' column in The Boston Globe.  REVIEWS…

Comparing Retirement Benefits for MBTA and other State Employees

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Pioneer’s latest report, A $49 Million Sweetheart Deal: How…

A $49 Million Sweetheart Deal: MBTA Employee Sick Time Perk Enhances Pensions

Listen to the WRKO radio clip of Mary Connaughton interviewed…

Rather than Cut The Ride's Services, Change the Service Delivery Model

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On December 14th, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control…

State Contractor Confirms: GLX Cost Overruns Due to Bid Process

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As Pioneer first pointed out in a September blog post and again…

Op-Ed: Making 'The Ride' more cost-effective could help MBTA's finances

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Unseasonably warm November days have given way to increasing…

How to Save the MBTA Over $100 Million a Year

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The first step in reforming the MBTA has been taken by the Legislature…

MBTA Experiment Gone Wrong! The Green Line Extension Contract

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Background The Green Line Extension (GLX) is a long-awaited…