Rafael Mares

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Show Up and Speak Out on MBTA Fare Hikes
by Rafael Mares

In December, CLF members joined more than 2,400 concerned MBTA riders from across Massachusetts in calling on Governor Charlie Baker to maintain current services and keep fare increases affordable on the state’s beleaguered transit system. Unfortunately, the Governor’s Fiscal and Management Control Board has yet to catch on to what the riding public wants. Instead, on…

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How NOT to Fix the MBTA: Governor Baker’s Reform Bill
by Rafael Mares

Last week, I testified before the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation. I was there, along with hundreds of other people, including Governor Baker himself, to comment on the Governor’s proposed MBTA reform bill, which would put the beleaguered transit system under the authority of a fiscal control board, among other reforms. Governor Baker…

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It’s Raining Transit Improvements, Hallelujah
by Rafael Mares

Between the rain showers in Boston this morning, Governor Patrick made an important announcement about one of CLF’s long-term priorities, the Fairmount Line. Obviating the need for sunshine to put smiles on the assembled faces, he committed the Commonwealth to four improvements to the Fairmount Line that CLF, and its community partners, have been demanding…