April 12, 2017/Press Releases

Democrats say Baker Needs to Stop Treating T Riders as Second Class Citizens


Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Emily Fitzmaurice, Massachusetts Democratic Party, 617-939-0808


Democrats say Baker Needs to Stop Treating T Riders as Second Class Citizens

BOSTON – Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford released the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s meeting of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board where board members are reportedly considering cuts to service:

“Governor Baker told us that cutting commuter rail service was off the table. Now, he’s is trying to sneak through drastic service cuts and refusing to tell riders whether the train they rely on is on the fast track to elimination. Incredibly, Baker is still considering cutting all commuter rail service on either Saturdays or Sundays and may cut the RIDE service for disabled passengers.

“The Governor seems oblivious to the needs of riders in Worcester and Fitchburg, on the South Shore, or up North who rely on weekend trains to get to work and back home, or to visit Boston or the beach.

“The Baker Administration should be focused on holding the private commuter rail contractor accountable for its terrible performance record, not trying to eliminate service at the last minute and hope that no one will notice. Massachusetts can’t boast of a world class economy if the Baker Administration keeps running a second class transportation system. The Governor needs to stop treating the people who depend on the the T as second class citizens “