Thursday, August 14, 2003
Give Romney Sliver of Silver Line Credit

Willard Mitt today announced he was “revolutionizing bus service at the MBTA (by) taking an aging, polluting fleet and replacing it with ultra-new, world-class, clean energy buses.” Romney claimed this was “consistent with his ‘Fix It First’ transportation policy.” (source: Office of (fraud) Gov, “Romney introduces state-of-the-art MBTA buses”, 8/14/2003)

We hope that Paul Cellucci (R-Canada) and Jane Swift (R-Flagbearer) were involved in the announcement, because the bus purchase was actually set in motion back in September 2000.

But first, Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to April 2002.

“Over the next three years, a phenomenal transformation will take place as outdated diesel buses are systematically replaced by state-of-the-art, low-emission transit vehicles.”

(Shhh. The speaker is MBTA General Manager Michael H. Mulhern.)

“The MBTA has earmarked $352 million for Bus Operations alone over the next five years. We're certain the public will share our enthusiasm once the new buses start rolling." (source: MBTA press release titled “Major Upgrades For Bus Fleet, Service”, 4/4/2002, MBTA.com)

The purchase was in response to an administrative consent order that the MBTA signed with MA DEP in September 2000 mandating that the oldest buses be replaced by December 2004. (source: FY2003 Two Hundred Bus Procurement, Expert Panel Report to MBTA, dieselforum.org)

Okay, back to the present.

Romney’s Transportation Secretary today said, “Put simply, this investment marks a new era in the provision of transit services in the Boston area. The importance of this announcement cannot be underestimated.” (source: "Romney introduces state-of-the-art MBTA buses")

The timing, however, is off by one or four years.

But chin up, Mr. (fraud) Governor. All is not lost. We stand ready to give you full credit for part of the project. You know those hep new Silver Line bus shelters that are so thin and high they don’t block rain? (source: Boston Herald, 6/2/2003) They were your idea - we’re sure of it!


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