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Fiscal and Management Control Board

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2020 Annual Report

The FMCB advocates for rapid and impactful changes across the MBTA. Learn more about the work we did in 2020

History

The winter of 2015 brought to light serious challenges 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 the forecast operating deficit by $300 million and made smart investments for the T’s future. Some highlights are:

Major projects to improve customer experience

Fiscal responsibility and efficient business practices

  • Set monthly financial targets and introduced zero-based budgeting
  • Renegotiated Boston Carmen's Union contract wage rates and work-rules
  • Introduced and enforced overtime/attendance policies
  • Restructured and refinanced debt portfolio
  • Streamlined workforce and rebuilt senior management team
  • Rebid system-wide parking and advertising contracts
  • Partnered with industry cash-handling operations, warehouse/logistics
  • Launched first-in-nation paratransit on-demand pilot with Uber and Lyft
  • Partnered with TPA for leave management programs (FMLA/ADA)
  • Contracted with private carrier for full turnkey bus operations in Winthrop
  • Transitioned off cash vouchers to electronic purchase orders
  • Shifted MBTA onto statewide payroll and contracts platform (HR/CMS)

Board Members

Joseph Aiello headshot
Joseph Aiello
FMCB Chair
Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt headshot
Monica Tibbits-Nutt
FMCB Vice Chair
Brian Lang headshot
Brian Lang
FMCB Member
Chrystal Kornegay
Chrystal Kornegay
FMCB Member
Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan
FMCB Member

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Contact

For public inquiries about FMCB meetings, please contact:

Darrin McAuliffe
Deputy Chief of Staff
Telephone: 617-686-8011
Email: dmcauliffe@mbta.com

Upcoming Board Meetings

FMCB meeting, board members at the table, with a screen behind them

Browse past and upcoming FMCB meetings. Agendas, minutes, and presentations included.

2020 Annual Report

The FMCB advocates for rapid and impactful changes across the MBTA. Learn more about the work we did in 2020

Upcoming Board Meetings

FMCB meeting, board members at the table, with a screen behind them

Browse past and upcoming FMCB meetings. Agendas, minutes, and presentations included.