Improving Public Transportation

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It’s complicated: Boston’s love-hate relationship with the MBTA

… “It’s out of love. I care deeply about public transportation. And I care deeply about the MBTA and all the regional transit authorities,” said Rafael Mares, a vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation. “The criticisms are meant not about having less of it but about more of it. … It means a lot to…

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If You Give the T More Money, They Will Try to Cut Your Service
by Rafael Mares

Old myths die hard When I was a kid, my parents rigorously enforced the rule of not swimming for 30 minutes after eating because they said it was unsafe. Turns out eating does not impede swimming at all, but many parents (including my own probably) still worry about letting children swim after they eat. In…

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MBTA Wrong to Hike Fares

Rafael Mares, CLF’s vice president and director of Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice, writes in his letter to the Boston Globe: “DANTE RAMOS’s March 1 Op-Ed, ‘MBTA fare hikes stink, but they’re needed,’ correctly describes the MBTA’s financial challenges. However, it misses crucial facts, which is understandable, considering the T’s misleading messaging about needing additional…

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a state of extraordinary range – from our miles of coastline to the western mountains, our dense hardwood forests to our working farms, our thickly settled city neighborhoods to our rural village greens.

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People & Communities

What does it take for a community to thrive? It starts with clean air and clean water and access to good jobs, education, and health care. It also takes safe and affordable transportation choices, local green spaces, and easy access to fresh, healthy food.

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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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Oppose Big and Unpredictable MBTA Fare Hikes
by Rafael Mares

It’s urgent that you act now and contact the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Tell them to leave in place the current limits on fare increases, so that riders are protected from big and unpredictable fare hikes.