Editorial: The T won’t fix itself

January 18, 2013
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The partial restoration of Green Line service all the way to Heath Street is good news and a great effort on the part of the cash-strapped MBTA. Development on S. Huntington Avenue is booming and transit service is needed more than ever there.

But the MBTA can’t always fix itself. A year after the Green Line cuts, we’re poised to have the same charge-more-for-less plan again when the new fiscal year hits in July.

The T is crucial to Boston’s economic opportunity, especially for the working poor, the elderly and students, all of whom are significant parts of the local population. The T can’t run on good wishes or political posturing. As we called for a year ago, it needs a thorough state investigation followed by a pragmatic, long-term legislative solution.