We deserve a REAL investment in a public transportation system NOW!
The Movement Towards Fair Transit
"The MBTA has a massive deficit. The cost of fuel, pensions and The Ride is increasing. Unlike other cities, fares haven't been raised in 5 years. Richard Davey and the T have done everything possible to cover the costs without raising the fares".
"Now riders need to start paying for the services they get. Activists who oppose the fare increase just aren't being realistic"...
Hundreds of seniors, people with disabilities and other T riders gathered at the Massachusetts Transportation Building Tuesday to send a clear message to the MBTA Board of Directors: "We are not targets!" The mass demonstration coincided with an MBTA Board meeting at which members were scheduled to weigh their options in addressing the T's projected $161 million deficit for 2012.
The MBTA is a lifeline for seniors, disabled people, students, workers, and families, esspecially for lower-income, transit dependent neighbors. Short sighted laws and policies have failed the MBTA, making them pay for big dig dept, and created a balloning financial crisis. Every penny of our fares is spent on debt payments instead for the maintinance we need to keep our system in safe, working order.
We are calling on the governor and legislature to finish the job they started and provided a sustainable solution that won't force riders to bear the brunt of Big Dig Debt. We can have an affordable and reliable public transit system that benifits all of us, whether we ride, drive, bike, or walk.