LAST JUNE, at its last meeting, a bold vision for the future MBTA was laid out by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB). The plan entitled “FMCB Productivity Report” leverages infrastructure investments to create a safer, more efficient, more modern, more frequent, and ultimately less labor-intensive MBTA system. But, this plan, and indeed an overall vision for the T has been stuck, and one of the main reasons why is the lack of a planning department at the MBTA. 

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