MBTA’s Excessive Fare Increases Overburden Riders

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Conservation Law Foundation calls today’s vote a “disappointing decision”

March 7, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board’s vote to raise transit fares by 9.22% on average, beginning on July 1, 2016. The decision goes against the tide of overwhelming public opinion, organized protest, and strident opposition from CLF.

“Today’s decision is disappointing,” said Rafael Mares, Director of CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program. “As a result of today’s fare increase, there will be people who will miss work opportunities and important social service appointments. There will be students who cannot afford to get to school. And there will be riders who choose to drive instead, adding to our region’s traffic problem and further polluting our air. Some day soon the Fiscal and Management Control Board will need a strategy that not only balances the MBTA’s books but also takes its customers’ realities into consideration. Unfortunately, today was not that day.”

Rafael Mares is available for further comment.


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