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Fiscal and Management Control Board

History

The winter of 2015 brought serious challenges to light at the MBTA. It also coincided with Governor Charlie Baker’s first months in office.

As a result, Governor Baker convened a special panel to investigate why the MBTA was struggling and how it might improve. That panel recommended forming a board to closely monitor the T’s finances, management, and operations over the following 3-5 years.

The Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) was established on July 17, 2015, and has met on a near-weekly basis since to help get the T back on track. Each FMCB meeting starts with a section for public comments on any topic on that day’s agenda.

The core issues the FMCB seeks to address are:

  • Unsustainable operating budget
  • Underinvestment in infrastructure
  • Difficulty completing projects
  • Ineffective workplace practices
  • Lack of long-term vision and strategy
  • Leadership changes and staffing issues
  • Lack of customer focus
  • Inefficient contracting
  • Lack of accountability to the Governor and Legislature

Progress at the MBTA

In its first 2 years overseeing the T, the FMCB has reduced operating costs and made smart investments for the T’s future. Some highlights are:

  • Cost savings through private and public partnerships
  • Launching major projects to improve customer experience
    • $100 million of winter resiliency improvements
    • Replacement of 120 Red Line cars
    • Replacement of 1/3 of the bus fleet with 375 hybrid and CNG vehicles
    • Renewed Green Line Extension project
    • Updated automated fare collection system
  • Less overtime pay and absenteeism
  • Stronger executive leadership

Board Members

Joseph Aiello
Joseph Aiello
Chair
Steve Poftak
Steve Poftak
Member
Brian Lang
Brian Lang
Member
Brian Shortsleeve
Brian Shortsleeve
Member
Monica Tibbits-Nutt
Monica Tibbits-Nutt
Member

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