1.259 Spring 2005 Assignment #1 Due: Lecture 8 NOTE: You should form teams of two for this assignment. Contracted Services There is increasing interest in the U.S. and elsewhere in having various types of public transport service provided under contract by the private sector. While there may be some financial advantage to this, there are also some difficulties, notably those of contract specification, performance monitoring, and transition management. This assignment deals with one such contract service, the MBTA Commuter Rail, which provides regional rail service into Boston. Currently the MBTA is in the second year of a new contract with a consortium (MBCR, LLC) that took over this service from Amtrak on July 1, 2003. Amtrak previously had operated this service since 1987. Attached is the body of the new contract, along with a set of the major Exhibits to the contract (Exhibits 1, 2, 3 [sections 1-3 only], 4 [pp 1-2], 5 [sample pages], 9,10, and 14). After reviewing the current contract, write the following:
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