State Auditor Diana DiZoglio Launching MBTA Performance Audit

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By Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

Less than two months after taking office, Massachusetts state auditor Diana DiZoglio’s office will kick off a review of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s performance during a span when its safety and operational problems drew intense scrutiny.

Sarah Mongeau, director of authority and education audits in DiZoglio’s office, notified state transportation secretary Gina Fiandaca and MBTA officials on February 15 of plans to launch a “performance audit” starting in March 2023.

DiZoglio’s office provided a copy of the letter announcing the performance audit, redacting half of one sentence describing what the audit would cover.

The auditor herself told Contrarian Boston, which first reported news of the audit on Wednesday, March 1, her probe would “follow the money” and examine if the T steered money toward safety initiatives. “We have literally had trains catching on fire,” she told the outlet.

Investigators with the Federal Transit Administration completed their own safety management inspection of the MBTA last year, finding major problems that agency officials are still working to address through multiple corrective action plans.


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