Contract between the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Port Authority

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) of Massachusetts.
Tracking # 16-319
Due Dec. 30, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the contract between the MBTA and MassPort and all MBTA internal documents concerning the re-negotiation of the contract, including documents concerning the proposal for MassPort to take over MBTA ferry service.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matt Blackbourn
Pioneer Institute

From: Krupanski, Susan

Receipt acknowledged.
Could you please provide a date range for the requested documents.

Thank you.

From: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

A no responsive documents response.

From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

Susan--thank you for confirming receipt. The date range we seek is July 2011 to the present.

Best,
Matt

From: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

A no responsive documents response.

From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

Susan: would it be helpful to narrow the range from July 2011 through December 2012?

Thank you.

Matt

From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

Susan: would it be helpful to narrow the range from July 2011 through December 2012?

Thank you.

Matt

From: Krupanski, Susan

Thank you for narrowing the date range, however, potential current records custodians have not located any responsive documents.

Can you provide any other information to assist us. Perhaps a newspaper story or presentation? If so, feel free to follow up further.

Susan M. Krupanski
Assistant General Counsel
MBTA Law Department
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

Susan: apologies for the long delay here. The main item we're seeking is the Logan Airport Silver Line Transportation Agreement entered into in December 2015. We're looking for both this and the agreement from 2005-2015. Here's a section of a Massport document with more description:

Logan Airport Silver Line Transportation Agreement
In December 2005, the Authority entered into a ten year agreement with the MBTA to provide public transportation between South Station in Boston, Massachusetts and Logan Airport along a route called the Silver Line. Pursuant to this agreement, the Authority purchased eight buses at a cost of $13.3 million and the MBTA agreed to operate and maintain the Authority’s Silver Line buses for a cost of $2.0 million per year, paid in equal monthly installments. In August 2015, this agreement was extended for an additional five year period and modified to provide that the Authority would be responsible for paying the FAA approved rate of 76.06% of the costs to operate and maintain the Silver Line buses and the Authority will be responsible for 76.06% of the future rebuild of the Silver Line buses.

Would it be possible to send us these documents? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide here.

Best,
Matt

From: Krupanski, Susan

Matt,

Attached are documents responsive to your public records request. Please be advised that the MBTA has not been able to locate an executed copy of Amendment 1.

Thank you.

Susan

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From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

Susan: thank you for providing these documents.

Best,
Matt

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