After the Lege stepped in last week and saved the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority from itself by extending the state’s credit to cover a series of costly, Big Dig-related financial miscues by the agency, it was only a matter of time before the MBTA general manager put his hand out.
Grabauskas told CommonWealth last month that a fare increase was likely in 2010. In today’s Boston Globe, he said that such a hike will probably be a “hefty” one, although he wouldn’t say just how much that meant.
Actually, Grabauskas has been making a case for some sort of state bailout almost since the day he moved into the
But browse through the comments on any site that touches on “T” traumas and you’ll find that most posters think Grabauskas’s pleas are just more whining from the petulant head of another bloated Bay State agency. But like it or not, Grabauskas actually has a case, one he’ll repeat ad nauseum to anyone who’ll listen, including probably the mice scampering around the Park Street Station Red Line tracks. Fare increases alone can’t and won’t keep pace with T expenses, hence the never-ending calls for a bailout.