Believe it or not, the experts say this idea might actually work. Professor Stephanie Pollack, of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, says that while we often vaguely discuss fixing the MBTA in the future, tying the project to the Olympics would focus our attention.
“If you’re going to host the Olympics, now you have to get it done on a certain day,” Pollack says. “It gives you a calendar that you cannot miss, and public projects don’t usually have this.”
Pollack also says that although the idea of using the Olympics to fix the MBTA is slightly troubling, it could rally people to the cause. “Infrastructure investment is a slow, painful, long-term process. It’s not very interesting and not very exciting. Things like the Olympics create excitement and allow people to overcome boredom and inertia that usually come with infrastructure investments,” she says.