Speak Up: Participate in MBTA Public Meetings Schedules

Rafael Mares | @RafaelMares2

Photo courtesy of John Walkey, Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA)

State law requires the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to balance its budget. The transit authority is facing a budget gap of $161 million for FY2013. In an attempt to address this problem, the MBTA is currently proposing huge fare increases (35% or 43%) and draconian service cuts (including the elimination of 101 weekday bus routes and all commuter rail service after 10pm and on the weekends) as we have described in previous blog entries. This would be a devastating blow to transit in the region, which is the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emssions from the transporation sector, improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and provide mobility to people who may not be able to get around in any other way.

State Representative Carl Sciortino recently wrote an excellent article on WickedLocal Somerville calling for a comprehensive solution to our state’s transportation funding problem rather than putting a band-aid on this crisis and making public transportation users suffer.  In his article he encouraged residents to voice their views and we can only second that. “There will be a number of public hearings around the region in the coming weeks. Attend. Speak up. Encourage friends and co-workers to do the same,” he said.

See below for a full list of public meetings. For the MBTA website, and a for more info, click here.

Public Meetings:

January 17, Tuesday Newton 5:30-7:30 PM Newton City Hall, War Memorial Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
January 17, Tuesday Worcester 6:00-8:00 PM Public Library, Saxe Room
3 Salem Square
January 18, Wednesday Chelsea 6:00-8:00 PM Public Library, Auditorium
569 Broadway
January 19, Thursday Boston (Roxbury) 6:00-8:00 PM Roxbury Community College, Auditorium
1234 Columbus Avenue
January 23, Monday Boston 1:00-3:00 PM
4:30-6:30 PM
Transportation Building, Floor 2 Conference Rooms 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
January 24, Tuesday Attleboro  4:30-8:00 PM Attleboro High School
100 Rathbun Willard Drive
January 25, Wednesday Salem 6:00-8:00 PM City Hall Annex 3rd Floor Conference Room
120 Washington St
January 31, Tuesday Boston (Mattapan) 6:00-8:00 PM Mildred Avenue Community Center
5 Mildred Avenue
February 1, Wednesday Jamaica Plain 6:00-8:00 PM Hennigan Community Center, Cafeteria
200 Heath Street
February 2, Thursday Boston (Dorchester) 1:00-3:00 PM and
6:00-8:00 PM
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Multi-Purpose Room
1353 Dorchester Avenue
February 6, Monday Lowell 5:00-7:00 PM City Hall Council Chambers
375 Merrimack Street
February 7, Tuesday Lynn 6:00-8:00 PM City Council Chambers
3 City Hall Square
February 8, Wednesday Boston (West End) 4:30-6:30 PM Shriners Hospital Auditorium
51 Blossom Street
February 8, Wednesday Hingham 6:00-8:00 PM Town Hall Central Meeting Room
210 Central Street
February 13, Monday Boston (South Station area) 6:00-8:00 PM Boston Public Library Boston Room
700 Boylston Street
February 14, Tuesday Framingham 6:00-8:00 PM Town Hall
150 Concord Street
February 15, Wednesday Quincy 6:00-8:00 PM Thomas Crane Public Library Community Room
40 Washington Street
February 16, Thursday Malden 6:00-8:00 PM City Council Chambers
200 Pleasant Street
February 28, Tuesday Somerville 6:00-8:00 PM High School Auditorium
81 Highland Avenue
February 29, Wednesday Cambridge 6:00-8:00 PM Citywide Senior Center
806 Massachusetts Avenue
March 1, Thursday Waltham 6:00-8:00 PM Government Center Auditorium
119 School Street
March 6, Tuesday Brockton 6:00-8:00 PM Massasoit Community College, Liberal Arts Building, Lecture Hall LA 560
1 Massasoit Boulevard

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