THERE’S NO question that MassDOT should be keeping costs as low as possible (“Report says T overpays for maintenance,” Metro, June 20). The Pioneer Institute’s report on the T’s bus maintenance costs, however, leaves out mention of the reforms adopted in the 2009 transportation overhaul that saved taxpayers money through limiting MBTA employees’ pensions, moving employees onto the more cost-effective state health plan, and reducing staff. The bottom line on costs: We all agree vigilance is the key.
But we cannot miss the forest for the trees. It’s increasingly clear that we have shortchanged the MBTA for years. Chronic underfunding causes delays, compromises safety, and harms job creation. Another wake up call: A recent report by Transportation for America shows hundreds of structurally deficient bridges that aren’t being addressed due to inadequate funding.