December 22nd, 2011

Public Citizen Objects to Selling Naming Rights to Public Transport

By Ruth McCambridge
Nonprofit Quarterly

NPQ has for the past few years been tracking the flow of private money into public systems. Of course there are many schemes designed by public systems to attract private investment in infrastructure and one is the selling of naming rights to public installations. Many have been concerned about such strategies in that the installations are still primarily supported publicly while named for a corporation. Now Public Citizen, a Washington based nonprofit that is aimed at protecting communities from commercialism, is objecting to the fact that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is investigating the strategy of selling naming rights for public transportation stops to corporations.

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