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Can anyone fix the MBTA? Tuesday was a nightmare commute for MBTA commuters.

If you were one social media on Tuesday morning, you saw the frustration of MBTA commuters in real time.  In Southie, nearly 100 people gathered at the N and Broadway bus stop.  A the L Street bus stop, the line stretch up East Broadway nearly half-way up the block. 

The Red Line was a disaster too. 

It was announced on Tuesday that MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez is leaving the agency. MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Vice Chair Steve Poftak will take over January 1st. 

Ramirez was appointed general manager back in September 2017. With just 15 months into a three-year contract that paid him $320,000 a year, he’s out. The MBTA said it was a mutual parting and is effective immediately.

So now what?  First of all, $320,000K a year is outrageous for an agency that is failing its riders.  Can the MBTA be fixed? 

We shall see.

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


  1. Archie says

    When there are no ramifications…there is no urgency to correct these conundrums. No accountability. The governor should be outraged and clean house

      • Not so New to The Hood says

        7000 drawing from the fund…..5000 contributing….City of boston essentially is at an alltime high population wise….how is this possible? Lies & Fraud.

        • Roger Glass says

          You’re a crotchety old prick. But you’re right most of the time. Your delivery also sucks, but you’re still right.

          If I was you guys, I’d be interested in the pulse this guy is keyed in on.

  2. Brian says

    Someone needs to seriously clean house across the MBTA! It literally looks like they will give ANYONE a job!!
    My grandfather worked for the T for almost 50 years and he’d be disgusted to see what it is today. Besides the issues related to delays, breakdowns, cancelations and not having enough buses and trains running to accommodate commuters can we take a look at who they have working for them…fat and lazy must be prerequisites for the job. I’m thankful for Uber.

    • Not so New to The Hood says

      He wasnt disgusted by his rosy pension, that’s for sure!

      This is actual problem #1 facing the T. An insanely underfunded pension….and since it’s a state agency, and our wonderful state constitution guaruntees that the tax payers will backstop any public pension… is thus…..also OUR PROBLEM. All of ours. And soon, we will be on the hook for it, and maybe other underfunded government pensions as well. Thank sleezy, over promising politicians that will do anything for a union vote.

  3. Cathy says

    I ride the #11 bus and am recently seeing some extremely cautious bus drivers who are not great at maneuvering through the streets of SB or through downtown during rush hour. We arrive at DT Xing on a packed bus after being passed by 3 or 4 empty buses that were scheduled to follow the tortoise driver we have. Let them learn somewhere else where there isn’t that much turning or congestion. So unnecessary.

    • Not so New to The Hood says

      That bus route is a mockery, honestly. It epitomizes the incompetence of the MBTA in one route. The fact that it even has a timed schedule is a slap in the face to all MBTA riders. It takes about 45 mins – 1 Hr to get to DTX between 8 &9.

      It’s great for people headed to Chinatown or the south end and that’s literally it. If you’re someone actually trying to go downtown….you’re better off walking to the 7 or T.

  4. Tom k says

    His grandfather worked for 50 yrs. He earned that pension. Why don’t you get a job and stop posting all day. How did you become the smartest person that you know?

    • Not so New to The Hood says

      That he did, although the many more that retired at 55 to then go on to collect $40k+/year with FULL healthcare benefits….got a little more than they deserved. And it’s showing.

  5. mplo says

    The MBTA, as a whole, has always been rather unpredictable, but it has gotten so much worse lately that when I need to get somewhere downtown, especially an important appointment, Ive taken to using the Lyft, especially during the dead of winter when there’s tons of snow on the ground, or I walk.

  6. Maureen says

    Amazon was very wise not to choose Boston.. with its exorbitant rents and third world subway system!

    • mplo says

      Hi, Maureen. I agree. Boston is already congested enough, as well as having exorbitant rents and a messed up subway system. Having Amazon come to Boston would’ve just added to that, in a big way, and not good, either.