DPU not the right ‘watchdog’ for MBTA, state lawmaker says

Boston Herald

“A state senator is calling for a new safety oversight authority of the MBTA days before he chairs a legislative hearing looking into whether the Department of Public Utilities should continue in that role. ‘I like the model of the semi-autonomous state commission,’ said Mike Barrett, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy. ‘I think of the Office of Campaign & Political Finance or the inspector general’s office or the Ethics Commission.’”