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Boston Globe Magazine readers respond to stories on MBTA funding.

MANAGEMENT FIRST

David Bernstein’s essay (Perspective, May 5) fails to mention the reasons voters, and therefore (hopefully) their elected representatives, do not support massive funding increases for the MBTA: the legacy of patronage and a history of ridiculous salary and benefit packages for employees. Although recent changes by the Patrick administration to reform pensions are a good first start, the agency needs a serious lesson in transparency. Opening up the pension books and negotiations with unions to establish sustainable wages and benefits would go a long way in persuading a skeptical public that additional revenue will be used where it is most needed. Show us that the MBTA is on a road to fiscal responsibility, and taxpayers and our elected representatives should be far more willing to give it more money for much-needed physical improvements.

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