MALDEN – State Representative Steve Ultrino (D–Malden) and other state legislators participated in “Gov on the T Day” on Thursday, March 19 by taking the MBTA to the State House. The event, organized by GovOnTheT, illustrates the importance of public transportation for workers in Malden and surrounding communities.
“This has been a very tough winter for our commuters,” said Representative Ultrino. “Fixing our broken transportation system is a priority for me this legislative session. When the T isn’t working, our workers and businesses suffer.” Representative Ultrino cited delayed and cancelled service and a lack of communication from the MBTA and commuter rail as indications of primary concern.
GovOnTheT contacted all 87 legislators who have a T commute under an hour for the event. Forty-seven legislators had committed to participate, and organizers expected that constituent concern and media presence would bring more representatives and senators to participate. Just the morning commute was covered.
After a frustrating winter of arduous commuting, organizers hoped that legislators would benefit from a firsthand view of the MBTA before voting on its future.