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MBTA board must include environmental justice communities

“We agree that the legislature must act swiftly to appoint a new, independent MBTA board (‘Advisers urge action on governing panel for MBTA,’ Metro, June 7). The MBTA is too complex and too important to add to the already-full agendas of the Department of Transportation. But just as important is making sure the board represents the people who depend on the system most, and those who keep it running. We are thankful that the House supplemental budget takes a step in the right direction by including a labor representative chosen from nominations from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, which represents thousands of workers in various occupations at the MBTA. However, the House language falls short of what is needed on a rider representative.”

Read the full letter to the editor at The Boston Globe

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