May 22, 2015 6:11 PM

MBTA overhaul praised by Mass. Gov. Baker

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker is praising the Massachusetts Senate for supporting his proposal to create a financial control board to oversee management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

A measure was adopted by the Senate Thursday night to create a five-member board with broad powers to manage all aspects of the MBTA for the next three to five years.

Three members of the panel will come from the Baker-appointed state Department of Transportation board, including Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday said he would also support the creation of the control board.

Boston's record-setting snowfall of more than 9 feet last winter caused widespread delays and shutdowns of MBTA service, frustrating politicians and the public, and prompting Baker to seek greater control of the transit system.


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