Access to affordable, convenient transportation plays a crucial role in public health. That is why MPHA is working in collaboration with partners on short, mid, and long-term solutions to increase access to public transportation throughout Massachusetts. This winter MPHA has been working with partners to stop the proposed, inequitable increase of MBTA fares. Soon we will expand transportation advocacy efforts with an eye to improving the regional transit systems. In addition, MPHA has been working in coalition for the Fair Share Constitutional Amendment, which will address the larger, longer-term issue of inadequate transportation and education funding. Contact your state representative and senator and ask them each to vote for the Fair Share Constitution Amendment at the next Constitutional Convention, which is currently scheduled for April 6, 2016.
In the coming months, MPHA will work in continued partnership with Transportation for Massachusetts (T4Mass), to engage community-based partners throughout the state to give testimony and submit editorials on a forthcoming draft Capital Improvement Plan from the MA Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Stay tuned—we’ll let know as soon receive the dates and locations for public hearings.
If you would like to get more involved with MPHA’s work for transportation equity, please contact MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman.