This month Gov. Baker’s MBTA Control Board will recommend ways to tackle the MBTA’s financial problems. Unfortunately, they are considering increasing fares while cutting public transportation routes and hours. The MBTA includes the T as well as the commuter rail, and much of the bus service in eastern MA. As you know, access to affordable transportation is a huge challenge for low- and moderate-income families. Fare increases only make it harder.
As a member of the Transportation for Massachusetts coalition (T4Mass), MPHA encourages you to sign this petition to let Governor Baker and the Control Board know that we deserve a public transportation system that is affordable and reliable. The challenges at the MBTA stem from years of under-funding and neglect, and they do need to be addressed. But making public transportation run less and cost more is not the answer.
In 2013, the Legislature voted to raise fares gradually and put a stop to a history of sudden, steep fare hikes. Raising fares by more than 5% every two years will hurt students, businesses, and families. In case you missed it, check out Metro’s front page story about this. Cutting service and hours will make it harder to get to school and work, particularly for people of color and those living in low-income communities.
Here’s the link to the petition again—it only takes 30 seconds to strengthen our collective voice.
Want to get more involved in advocating for public transportation in Massachusetts? Contact MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman, 857-263-7072 x103.