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Commuter rail firm’s Mideast ties should disqualify it from T contract

BESTOWING A “fat long-term contract” on the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad essentially privatizes the commuter rail system and would indeed be “hard to swallow,” as the Globe points out (“Longer contract would ease woes of T’s commuter rail,” Editorial, Jan. 4).

After the MBTA board said that as many as 25 companies would be competing for the contract, it is shocking that only MBCR and one other company are in the running. Other firms reportedly perceived that MBCR had the inside track and dropped out. Massachusetts commuters and taxpayers deserve better.

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