Mayor Menino deceased at age 71 - MBTA Influence

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Mayor Menino deceased at age 71 - MBTA Influence

Postby djimpact1 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:43 am

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Michael Menino has died today, 10/30/2014. Whether supportive or in disagreement of actions taken during his mayoral tenure, his mark on the city has & will remain a powerful one for years to come.

At various points during his tenure, Menino was vocal about the need to avoid unnecessary fare hikes (passing debt onto the riders) and service reductions, while also firm on the T needing to restrict advertisements which involved content related to violence (e.g. video games).

What other influences did the former Mayor have toward MBTA Operations throughout his career?
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Re: Mayor Menino deceased at age 71 - MBTA Influence

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:53 am

I think he had a hand in the Late Night Owl service a while back. I seem to remember that.
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Re: Mayor Menino deceased at age 71 - MBTA Influence

Postby Gerry6309 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:15 pm

Mayor Menino was a powerful man and was of the opinion that buses were the only appropriate vehicles for the streets of Boston. He listened to the business interests known in the past as the "Vault", and worked hard to make our city what it is today. Based on the input he received, he leaned on the MBTA to reject any attempts to resurrect the Arborway and Watertown lines, despite neighborhood support. He also blocked rail service to Dudley Sq. and along the greenway.

Despite all of this he opposed service cuts in the name of economy. His many other efforts on behalf of the people of Boston earned him a high approval rating from his constituents, and from the business community. I met the man on a Good Friday walk through Roxbury, one of many occasions where he made himself available to talk with those he served.
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