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Antonio Castañeda

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Antonio Castañeda


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Finance Fellow




Greater Boston Applied Field Lab Summary of Activities 2019 - 2020

This Rappaport Public Finance Summer Fellowship provides a stipend to students who undertake a project related to public finance. Traditionally these projects have been a continuation of work conducted in Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations lab offered by Professor Linda Bilmes.

Graduate School
Harvard Graduate School of Design


Samantha Silverberg, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, MBTA and Meghan Haggerty, Chief of Staff, MADOT and former Rappaport Policy Fellow

Angel Peña, Chief, Green Line Transformation Project

Project Description
Gal Kramer and Tony Castañeda had the pleasure of working with the Green Line Transformation Department at the MBTA creating an operations and maintenance cost model as it relates to the department’s capital projects, like the commissioning of the new type 10 vehicle fleet. Our ultimate goal was to help the department better understand the impact of capital projects on operating budgets across the T as well as future impacts to train scheduling and maximum vehicle capacity. Throughout the fellowship we were able to acknowledge the challenges and opportunities that come with establishing cross-departmental communication channels in large agencies like the T and how beneficial cross-cutting teams like the GLT can be in fully utilizing the institutional skills and knowledge that exists in the large agencies.