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Lawmakers look to remove MBTA oversight from Department of Public Utilities

State lawmakers are drafting legislation to move MBTA safety oversight out of the Department of Public Utilities.

“Work on the subject is quite intense,” said state Sen. Mike Barrett. “We have to decide whether all the transportation functions currently organized in the DPU should move over to an independent agency, or whether a new agency should focus only on the MBTA and safety.”

The DPU is also the oversight authority for other regional transit agencies across Massachusetts, he said, and the “threshold question” will be whether any new agency deals with just the T or with the other transportation authorities as well.

“I don’t think you want to leave the DPU with a weak, but still demanding schedule of transportation oversight with regards to other parts of the state,” Barrett said. “The DPU probably would not be very attentive to that reduced mandate and I imagine that users of bus systems in that part of Massachusetts wouldn’t like the result.”

Lawmakers look to remove MBTA oversight from Department of Public Utilities

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