Massachusetts Competitive Partnership & the MBTA

Jonathan Cohn filed this request with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) of Massachusetts.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Nathanael King

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any communication, electronic or written, sent or received by an employee of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority ("MBTA") and/or a member of the Fiscal and Management Control Board ("FMCB") about the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership from August 1, 2016, to the present. This request should be taken to include all communication between any such individual and any member of the staff or board of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, as well as internal emails featuring the term "Massachusetts Competitive Partnership" or any abbreviation thereof.

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, 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 business days, as the statute requires.


Jonathan Cohn

From: Jacks, Ulysses (DOT)

Jonathan Cohn: I have received your request for information regarding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and hereby notify you that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation does not have any documents in its possession that are responsive to your request. For your information and future requests such requests should be directed to the listed addressee.

Ulysses Jacks, Senior Counsel

From: Jonathan Cohn

Mr. Jacks,

Thank you for getting back to me.

On November 8, 2016, the Boston Globe wrote, "The plan is in its early stages, but the continued talks between the group and transportation officials in Governor Charlie Baker’s administration suggest the unusual private-public arrangement could move forward" in the article entitled "Business group could help subsidize MBTA hiring, recruiting" ( I would presume that there would be at least some written or email correspondence, even if just for scheduling/calendar reminders. I would politely request that the appropriate people at the agency search again for documents subject to the request.

Moreover, as a point of clarification, by "listed addressee," are you referring to yourself? I wasn't sure if you were referring to the file attachment, which shows up as blank for me.

Many thanks,
Jonathan Cohn

From: Jacks, Ulysses (DOT)

Mr. Jonathan Cohn: The listed addressee is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) as set forth in your request. Ulysses Jacks, Senior Counsel