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Gal Kramer


Gal Kramer


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


Kelly Blynn, Electrical Vehicle Technical Strategist, Natural Resources Defense Council and former Rappaport Policy Fellow and Kassie Dumlao Bertumen, Community Development Manager, BRIDGE Housing Corporation and former Rappaport Policy Fellow

Angel Peña, Chief, Green Line Transformation Project

Project Description
For the Rappaport Public Finance Fellowship, Gal was partnered with the Green Line Transformation (GLT) Department at the MBTA to create an operations and maintenance cost model. The financial model was a dynamic tool that evaluated the long-term costs for the Green Line as it relates to the GLT’s capital projects like the commissioning of the new type 10 vehicle fleet. It also looks at costs specifically associated with the green line across various departments, including maintenance, transportation operations, safety, security, and energy and environmental affairs. The goal project 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 changes in capacity.