Investigation into Lost Revenue at MBTA Parking Lots Referred to Maura Healey

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The longstanding probe into lost revenue at MBTA parking lots has been referred to Attorney General Maura Healey, a possible sign that the situation is worse than previously thought.

The saga began in February as a minor inquiry into “revenue discrepancies” at North Quincy Station, where daily revenue reports didn’t square with the T officials’ vehicle counts. LAZ Parking LLC, the private company contracted to oversee the lots, was tasked with investigating the matter. Unsatisfied with their findings, the T called in transit police and MassDOT auditors.

LAZ executive vice president Marc Lutwack called it an “isolated incident,” and said that the two employees involved were immediately terminated. But it has since ballooned into revenue losses as multiple lots, with millions potentially at stake, some estimate.

In late May, parking revenue figures for the two previous months indicated numbers had jolted back up at North Quincy, Lechmere, Riverside, and other stations after the two employees were dismissed. Meanwhile, the T’s director of parking, Ronald Ross, is reportedly on his way out.

“We will, of course, continue to work with all appropriate authorities to bring this matter to resolution,” Lutwack said in a recent statement.

It is unclear whether Healey will bring criminal charges, CommonWealth magazine reports, and both her office, as well as a spokesperson for the MBTA, have declined to comment.

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2016/07/29/mbta-parking-lots-probe/