In 2011 at Northeastern University, the Dukakis Center and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) hosted the Blue-Ribbon Summit which brought together leading transit finance experts and others to focus on developing ways to both address the MBTA’s and other RTAs’ financial problems and serve as a model for other states.

Blue-Ribbon Summit on Financing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Regional Transit Authorities

November 1, 2010

The Blue-Ribbon Summit on Financing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Regional Transit Authorities, supported by the Barr Foundation and hosted by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the Conservation Law Foundation, brought together leading transit finance experts and an audience of 30-40 “participant observers” to focus on developing creative and innovative

Stephanie Pollack

Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director of the Dukakis Center, facilitates the “brainstorming sessions”.

The Blue-Ribbon Summit was structured as a series of four “brainstorming sessions” focused on a specific topic:

  • Perspectives from Outside of Massachusetts
  • Government Revenue and Cost Savings Ideas
  • Private Sector and User Participation Ideas
  • Evaluating and Narrowing Options

Based on this convening, the Dukakis Center and CLF prepared both a summary of the Blue Ribbon Summit convening and a policy report entitled A Framework for Creating a Financially Stable Public Transportation System for Massachusetts: Lessons from the Blue-Ribbon Summit on Financing the MBTA and the RTAs.

 

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.48.13 PM Documents prepared in connection with the Summit can be downloaded here:

 

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