MBTA Announces New Dedicated Form For Written Feedback For December 7 Meeting

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The following is a press release

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BOSTON – The MBTA today, December 3, announced updates to public comment procedures for upcoming Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) meetings. In an effort to provide better and effective opportunities for public comment and engagement, a new dedicated online form will be available beginning with the December 7 FMCB meeting for providing written comments on specific agenda items.

The MBTA is proposing service cuts across the board, including the commuter rail.

The deadline to submitted comments is Friday, December 4.

The MBTA continues to explore how to best enable public engagement with public comments on FMCB agenda items welcomed and encouraged. The new dedicated online form for submitting written comments will be available on the event page of each FMCB meeting.

In addition to the new online form, written comments may continue to be submitted via email to publiccomment@dot.state.ma.us or by mail to Fiscal and Management Control Board, 10 Park Plaza – Suite 3510, Boston, MA 02116. Form submissions and mailed or emailed comments will be compiled and distributed to all Board Members as soon as practicable after the meeting.

Also beginning with the December 7 FMCB meeting, the previous real-time comment option will be discontinued due to lack of usage. The MBTA continues to offer all other options of previously available commenting as well as the new online form and including the voicemail option, which allows commenters to record a voicemail comment at their convenience before the meeting. Voice message comments may be submitted by calling 857-368-1655 and leaving a message at least one hour before the start of the FMCB meeting. Messages must be limited to ninety seconds per commenter, or up to four minutes for comments submitted on behalf of an organization or elected official and at the discretion of the Board Chair. A representative selection of voice message comments will be played aloud during the public comment portion of the FMCB meeting with all voicemail comments compiled and distributed to all Board Members as soon as is practicable after the meeting.

The full agenda for the December 7 FMCB meeting along with further instructions and information on public comments is available here with the new online form for written comments available here.

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