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BOSTON – Councilors Ed Flynn and Kenzie Bok are filing a resolution at this week’s Boston City Council meeting in support of S.D. 1313, “An Act Relative to the Structure of the Fiscal Management and Control Board”, sponsored by Senator Nick Collins. S.D. 1313 proposes to change the structure of the Fiscal Management Control Board (FMCB)  by expanding the Board to seven members, including one member to be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Boston. This resolution would send support to the bill, and urges its swift passage.

The FMCB was established in 2015 to monitor the MBTA’s finances, management, operations, and members of FMCB make critical decisions on the current operations and future investments of the MBTA. Currently, the FMCB has five board members that are appointed by the Governor, and S.D.1313 would change the structure of the FMCB by expanding the Board to seven members, including one member to be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Boston. Having a seat appointed by the Mayor of Boston is appropriate, as the MBTA is a critical part of Boston’s transportation system and many of our Boston residents rely on the MBTA as a mode of transportation. Moreover, Boston also has the biggest share of MBTA ridership, and has the largest number of MBTA stations, and Boston deserves fair representation on the FMCB.

“The MBTA is critical to the transportation system of our city, and Boston has the largest role in play in terms of ridership and operations for the MBTA,” said Councilor Flynn. “It is therefore only appropriate and fair that Boston has representation on the FMCB as important decisions are made. I urge that the legislature promptly pass S.D. 1313 so that Boston has a voice in the future of the MBTA.”

“The residents of Boston rely on the MBTA everyday to get to work, school, small businesses, and basic services, yet Boston does not have a seat at the table when it comes to important decision-making at the MBTA,” said Councilor Bok. “These recent harmful cuts show us what happens when the people of Boston are not represented on the FMCB. I urge my colleagues in the State Legislature to pass S.D. 1313 as quickly as possible so that we can achieve more effective oversight of the critical public services provided by the MBTA.”

For more information, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and  [email protected].

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