May 28, 2015
The following was released by ACE partner Community Labor United.
Let's cut to the chase -- The Baker administration has proposed privatizing public transportation and removing the Taxpayer Protection Act (also known as the Pacheco Law). The Pacheco Law is a safeguard that ensures that when public service is contracted out, it is done so thoughtfully, with an analysis of cost savings and where they come from. We've seen what happens in other places when public transit is contracted out. Private contractors often save money on the backs of workers, gutting wages and benefits and destabilizing families. Quality of service also suffers as increased employee turnover and service is driven by profit instead of the needs of riders.
The Public Transit Public Good campaign has been working towards an affordable and efficient public transportation system that invests in workers and meets the needs of riders. We recognize that the best long-term solutions will come from working together with our legislators to find ways to invest more concrete resources in our public transit system, just as we all did in 2013. In that spirit, we offer the Path to Better Public Transit report to this important debate.
The Path to Better Public Transit report represents a critical ground-level perspective that is too often shut out of the debate. Recommendations in the report made by the Public Transit Public Good campaign include maintaining the fare cap (no more than a 5% increased every two years), upholding the Taxpayer Protection Act (also known as the Pacheco Law), and drawing closely on the knowledge and expertise of transit riders and workers in order to make well-informed reforms and investments.
Public Transit Must Remain A Public Good!