Nation’s Best Mechanics Warn Taxpayers, Riders of Unqualified First Transit’s “Broken Promises, Broken Contracts, and Broken Buses”

Since the beginning, Charlie has never been a friend of working families. Now he’s attacking jobs in multiple industries, including the jobs of teachers and blue collar mechanics at the MBTA.

He’s trying to give control of the MBTA to an unqualified vendor, First Transit, despite their troubling track record of service problems, safety violations, broken contracts, and history of cheating Massachusetts riders and taxpayers. We must take action now to tell legislators and the MBTA board that First Transit is an unacceptable option for the MBTA. MBTA mechanics have launched a massive public information campaign including radio, print, television, and online ads warning riders and taxpayers about the poor track record of for-profit transportation vendor First Transit. The unqualified First Transit was the only vendor to participate in a failed RFP process aimed at giving away control of core MBTA safety and maintenance services to a for-profit company. To read more, visit the Invest Now coalition website.

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Charlie Baker is waging a war on the middle class.

Hurting Families.

Meet Meghan, a working mom and mechanic at the Charlestown Garage.

Baker’s attacks on jobs are hurting families, including mothers like Meghan, who’s worked as a mechanic for the past 11 years. She’s worried she’ll have to find multiple jobs just to support herself and her son, Ryan.


Hurting Veterans.

Many of the mechanics at the MBTA are veterans.

“I voted for Charlie Baker and I’m very disappointed in the fact that now he’s trying to take my job.” — Nate DuBois, Marine veteran and mechanic at the Arborway Garage


Hurting communities.

Charlie Baker is rigging the rules to hurt working people and their families, which hurts all of us.

Working people are the backbone of our country and by taking away good jobs, Governor Baker is taking away the freedom of our communities to prosper.

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Who’s bidding for control of our public transit?

Private company, First Transit is the sole bidder for bus maintenance at the MBTA, despite their severely troubling track records of service problems, as well as a host of health and safety violations.  TransDev and MV Transportation are other vendors with bad track records who were rumored to bid for the core MBTA bus safety and maintenance services.

First Transit

First Transit is the North American subsidiary of FirstGroup, a UK-based company that is the largest international surface transportation group in the world. The company has a history of contract, service and maintenance issues both in Massachusetts and with other transit agencies across the country. In 2009, First Transit illegally walked away from a contract to operate the MBTA’s The Ride service at the last minute, leaving the transportation agency to fill in a $66 million funding gap; First Transit later settled with the Attorney General’s office for $7.3 million. First Transit has a history of service issues outside Massachusetts; specifically, a history of bus maintenance issues that have led to complaints from bus drivers and patrons.

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Veolia, a major shareholder in Transdev, was one of three companies that made up the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR) Company, which operated the MBTA’s commuter rail service between 2003 and 2014, when the service was beset by service problems and safety violations. Transdev has operated the buses for the Boston Public School (BPS) since the fall of 2013, a tenure marked by service delays, safety issues, and labor disputes – including the first bus drivers strike in over 20 years. Outside of Massachusetts, Transdev has been involved in numerous work stoppages resulting from breakdowns in contract negotiations with workers – most recently in Arizona – and an alleged self-dealing scheme that drove up costs and wait times for disabled passengers in Washington, DC.

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MV Transportation

Founded in 1975 as a provider of transportation solutions for elderly and disabled people, MV Transit is currently headquartered in Dallas and operates over 230 contracts across 30 states and three Canadian provinces. The company specializes in paratransit, fixed route, and shuttle services, according to its website. In Massachusetts, MV Transportation had a rocky, short-lived association with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority that culminated in the death of an elderly passenger who was dropped off at the wrong address. Press reports indicate the MV Transportation has a history of questionable business practices, including allegations of discrimination and improperly altering business records to artificially improve performance and/or avoid financial penalties.

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