The Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker is staunchly defending his efforts to reform the MBTA, brushing off a devastating federal report on the system’s breakdown-prone commuter rail as a “long-term problem” that’s immune to quick fixes.

Gov. Charlie Baker is staunchly defending his efforts to reform the MBTA, brushing off a devastating federal report on the system’s breakdown-prone commuter rail as a “long-term problem” that’s immune to quick fixes.

But the Republican governor — who kicked off his term in 2015 with promises to fix the beleaguered transit agency — is now taking heat from Democratic challengers about it as he angles for re-election.

“You can’t fix this overnight,” Baker insisted yesterday at Chinese rail-car manufacturer CRRC’s new Springfield factory. “I said from the very beginning that the MBTA had been horribly invested in for years, in its core system. I don’t think anybody who looks at the data disputes that. …

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