progress toward achieving most of its goals for improvement, the MBTA is
lagging on several infrastructure- and customer-related benchmarks outlined two
years ago in its strategic plan, according to the first in-depth review of that
A joint report
released Wednesday from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the
Conservation Law Foundation and the MBTA Advisory Board found that 10 of 44
strategic goals are considered behind schedule, while another three are
"progressing but face significant obstacles."
"This is a
critical period for the MBTA. The successful implementation of the projects
included in this Strategic Plan can mark the beginning of a period of growth
and reliability for the MBTA," Paul Regan, Executive Director of the MBTA
Advisory Board, said in a press release announcing the report. "We need
the Strategic Plan to be successful because Massachusetts needs a vital and
dependable MBTA for a sustainable future."
More than half
of the goals in the 2017 strategic plan have already been completed, many of
them related to long-term planning and fiscal sustainability after years of
deficits. But almost all of the accessibility metrics are not on the right
track, the review found, and the MBTA still needs more work to plan for how
vulnerable its assets are to climate change.
make it as easy as possible for people to get out of their cars and choose
public transit, and that starts with a system that works for everyone,"
said Staci Rubin, senior attorney at CLF, in the release. "It's clear that
the MBTA needs to focus on protecting the system from climate change and
improving accessibility. These aren't always the most visible projects, but
they're critical if we're going to have a transportation system that is prepared
for the future and doesn’t leave anyone behind."
Wednesday's report is the first in what officials say will be an annual series analyzing the MBTA's progress toward fulfilling the vision in its strategic plan.
Via State House News Service