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stefal

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This could be posted in a number of transportation threads currently ongoing, but it seems like this one is the most appropriate for now. Quite a dismissal/condemnation of Pollack's legacy, I suppose.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/02...portation-vision-leader-who-can-carry-it-out/
I mean, I haven't read it, and likely won't until tomorrow, but Pollack was publicly weary of going to work under Baker, who pretty much held puppet strings on all the big calls and how much money transportation was getting. It's more-so that we need a governor more progressive on transit and infrastructure spending rather than letting shit hit the fan and then maybe hesitatingly fixing it, followed by "See? This is why we need more privatization!" I had a glimmer of hope that the tide was changing after the infamous Red Line derailment in 2019, and the subsequent expedited maintenance spending, much needed shutdowns, as much of a nuisance as they were, and adequate maintenance funding in new capital planning projects. That's probably all thrown out the window with the T trying to dramatically save every penny it can, while other transit systems are getting by pretty fine.

I'm looking forward to seeing what she does in her new role under Biden/Buttigeg.
 

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I mean, I haven't read it, and likely won't until tomorrow, but Pollack was publicly weary of going to work under Baker, who pretty much held puppet strings on all the big calls and how much money transportation was getting. It's more-so that we need a governor more progressive on transit and infrastructure spending rather than letting shit hit the fan and then maybe hesitatingly fixing it, followed by "See? This is why we need more privatization!" I had a glimmer of hope that the tide was changing after the infamous Red Line derailment in 2019, and the subsequent expedited maintenance spending, much needed shutdowns, as much of a nuisance as they were, and adequate maintenance funding in new capital planning projects. That's probably all thrown out the window with the T trying to dramatically save every penny it can, while other transit systems are getting by pretty fine.

I'm looking forward to seeing what she does in her new role under Biden/Buttigeg.
I tend to agree that this is really Charlie Baker's failure. He is the incrementalist who lacks big-picture planning and implementation will.
 

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