Boston’s mass transit system is broke and broken. Should tech companies help fix it?

Well its about damn time! Everyone knows the MBTA sucks. The payment system is outdated, the stations are gross, the ride experience is haunting. I’m a frequent rider of the Green Line and every time I step foot on the train my mind is flooded with questions. First and foremost is why there hasn’t been any innovations in the design of the train cars? Why do station platforms look like dungeons?
I’m confident that there will be a lot of changes once Mayor Mumbles Menino gives up his reigns to the city. Aside from reinventing the MBTA, can you say… Happy hour?

Gigaom

Should Boston-area companies help foot the bill for the better mass transit service they need to attract and hold onto young employees? A Boston Globe columnist on Friday said yes, and cited New Balance’s funding (to the tune of $14 million to $16 million) of a brand new commuter rail station near its Allston headquarters, a few miles west of downtown Boston.

And the two candidates fighting to succeed Boston Mayor Thomas Menino likewise see private partnerships as critical to improving the cash-strapped MBTA.

Tech startups, in particular, employ lots of young people, many of whom choose to live without cars. And for those companies, the current state of mass transit in Boston/Cambridge leaves a lot to be desired. The Green Line is the oldest subway line in the country and often looks, operates (and smells) like it.

Michael Simon, CEO of LogMeIn, (s logm) which last year moved from…

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