- Sep 15, 2010
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I support the project and share Jim's frustration. Notwithstanding that, I have a couple of issues.
First, there's no acknowledgement here of what the arguments against building the connector before 2030 might be. I don't know what they are or if they're reasonable, but Poftak should be given the opportunity to explain himself, hopefully before the FMCB this afternoon (the Monday morning publication of this piece was of course no accident). You can't rail against "the guardians of the status quo" without identifying why anyone would guard the status quo. Steve Poftak wants a successful MBTA as much as any of us.
Second (and this is a more general issue I have with Jim), there is this laughable quote:
For those unaware: Jim Aloisi was once Secretary of Transportation. He did bupkus to solve any of the problems he writes about now, and his credibility as a TM spokesman is... um... questionable as a result. It's particularly problematic in a piece like this, because he is unquestionably himself a "guardian of the status quo" since the status quo did not change during his own tenure...
So Jim, why does this keep happening? I have a feeling you know better than most of us.
Excuse you guys. During his short term as Transportation Sec, the Silver Line/bus service required attention. Jim created the SL4 and promoted the 28X. He has always been hyper-focused on serving underserved communities. The Patrick Admin decisions about the Red Blue Connector indeed came after Jim's term as Secretary.I appreciate someone having the courange to say this in the open. Given his administrative background, there seems to be a lot of deference toward him within the "transit Twitter" community and on an academic level, I'm sure he knows his stuff. But he always strikes me as somone who feels compelled to let the rest of the group know that he is the smartest person in the room and given his ineffective tenure during the Patrick administration, some of his sweeping jabs at Baker and the FCMB come across as a bit..."precious."