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Governor, Lawmakers In Dispute Over T Fare Increases

… But Rafael Mares, a senior vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, said the governor’s change would take away the predictability that legislators want for riders. Under the Legislature’s language, riders would know to expect a hike no higher than 7 percent every two years. With the governor’s language, some commuters could see an…

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Consultant Stays On For End-To-End Review Of MBTA’s ‘Money Room’

… Although Rafael Mares, a transit advocate from the Conservation Law Foundation, said the audit “clearly identified some problems,” he said he hopes officials provide a more complete analysis before the T’s 
Fiscal Management and Control Board votes on whether to seek a private contractor. “I’ve just seen an analysis of the problem, but not…

Dig Deeper into Your Wallet to Ride the T Tomorrow
by Kathleen Nay

Starting tomorrow, MBTA users will be reaching deeper into their pockets to shell out for their daily rides. The greater expense may mean that some users choose to drive, while others will miss important appointments, school, or even work, because they are unable to afford the trip. CLF has opposed the steep fare hikes since…

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Get Ready To Pay More To Ride The T

… “If you increase the fares without improving the service, you’ll get fewer people using it,” said Rafael Mares, a senior vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation. Read more here…

Funding for Pioneer Valley Public Transit Improvements Restored
by Caroline Cox

On Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors took a major step in ensuring that millions of riders in the Pioneer Valley have a transit system that can meet their needs. In its announcement of adding $500 million to the state’s five-year capital investment plan, MassDOT righted its previous omission and included…

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Report states obvious: Green Line is plagued with problems

… ”But Rafael Mares, a lawyer at the Conservation Law Foundation, pointed out that although the MBTA capital plan includes money for new trolleys on the proposed Green Line extension, it doesn’t set aside any funding to replace the creaky, Reagan-era trolleys on the rest of the Green Line. “Ultimately, there isn’t going to be…