Gov. Charlie Baker says the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority remains in "very tough shape" despite significant improvement under a special panel overseeing Boston's transit system.
The Republican offered a detailed assessment of the MBTA on Wednesday, one year after the Fiscal Management and Control Board began its work. The board was created after a severe winter crippled the T and exposed widespread managerial and financial problems.
Baker says a lot has been done and a lot learned in the past year. He says the T has hired new leadership, reined in operating expenses, reduced overtime and absenteeism and taken initial steps to replace antiquated equipment.
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But he says much more is needed, including new contracting procedures, greater capital investment and an overhaul of an employee pension system in "freefall."