Corruption at the MBTA

Globe Spotlight Team investigation of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980.

Spotlight Team | Dec. 16, 1979

Politically powerful unions clamp an iron grip on the MBTA

MBTA commuter trains in South Station.

Globe File/1979

A three-month investigation by the Globe found evidence that union domination of management is a major reason why the MBTA is the most costly and least efficient transit system in the US.

A MBTA train at the Park Street Station in 1979.

Dec. 16, 1979

2 approaches to running the T

Robert L. Foster and Robert R. Kiley approached the job of attempting to straighten out the MBTA from the same premise: the system needs better management. There the agreement ends.

Jan. 24, 1980

National union ousts head of T’s Carmen

The Amalgamated Transit Union International took over the most powerful labor group in the MBTA, and ousted the local’s newly elected president.

Globe Spotlight Team | Dec. 14, 1979

MBTA hiring record risks losses of $2b

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority dramatically decreased the number of minorities hired, which could jeopardize $2b in federal grants.

Globe Spotlight Team | Dec. 15, 1979

MBTA drops firm hired as minority business

The MBTA’s affirmative action director said that a Rhode Island company hired as a minority subcontractor has been removed from the agency’s list of approved minority businesses.

Tom Winship, Bill Taylor, Sandy Hawes, Joan Venocchi, Nils Brazelius, Ellen Goodman, Steve Kurkjian, and Bill Henry celebrated Pulitzer Prizes in 1980.

Globe File/1980

April 15, 1980

Globe Spotlight Team members from Pulitzer-winning report

A look at the reporters and editors who worked on the “powerfully effective” report on the MBTA’s operation.