Some of us use the MBTA. All of us need it.

Rafael Mares | @RafaelMares2

Stuart Spina wtih the T Riders Union, speaking at the Chelsea MBTA public meeting. Photo courtesy of John Walkey, Transportation for Massachusetts.

In response to the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts, CLF today issued an action alert calling upon people to contact Massachusetts legislators and the Governor to share their concern about the MBTA’s future, and for Massachusetts’s environment. Some of us use the MBTA, but all of us need it and so here’s what you can do:

  • Read a copy of the alert below;
  • If you live in Massachusetts, use the simple form to contact Massachusetts legislators and the Governor; or
  • If you live outside of Massachusetts, share this page with your friends and family in the Commonwealth. You can use this form to share it, or you can send this link in an email.

Thank you for taking a moment to help the MBTA and Massachusetts’s environment!

Dear Massachusetts Resident,

In response to an operating budget deficit of $161 million, the MBTA is proposing that you pay more – far more – for less. That’s why we need your help.

Please contact your state legislators and the Governor to share your concern about the MBTA’s future, and for Massachusetts’s environment.

The MBTA intends to eliminate close to 60% of all weekday bus routes in one scenario and, in both scenarios, the MBTA proposes to eliminate all weekend and evening commuter rail service, and all ferry service, among other significant cuts to the system. For this, the MBTA is proposing to increase single fares by over 41%: 150% for the senior rapid transit fare, 83% increase in the student bus fare, and a 500% increase in the fare for the disabled taking the RIDE in a portion of the service area. Our research reveals no other major transit authority has raised its fare by this much in one single increase in recent history. It would also be the largest increase of MBTA fares by percentage since 1949.

Do you want riders to pay far more for far less? Click here to express your concern about the MBTA’s drastic proposal.

The MBTA’s proposal would permanently hurt the Commonwealth’s public transportation system, cause irreparable damage to the economy and environment, and unfairly burden some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, while not even solving it’s own financial problems. Some of us use the MBTA, but all of us need it. Join us in urging the MBTA to devise a short-term solution and avoid the proposed drastic fare increase and draconian service cuts.

We need you to submit your support for a solution to transportation problems in Massachusetts.

Thank you for your support,
Rafael Mares
Staff Attorney
Conservation Law Foundation

P.S.- Please forward this message on to anyone you know who cares about the future of public transportation in MA.

http://action.clf.org/site/TellAFriend?msgId=7261.0&devId=0

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