ACTION ALERT: Damaging MBTA Fare Increases and Service Cuts Threatened

News released on: 
Feb 16th, 2012
No sooner had we rung in the New Year when the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) proposed a mix of fare increases and service reductions that could eliminate numerous critical bus routes, cancel some weekend rail service and increase fares across the board from 35 to 43 percent. The fare hikes and service reductions are an attempt to close the agency's $161 million budget gap and will be the subject of over 20 public meetings being held between mid-January and March. The fare increases will most hurt those riders who can least afford it, particularly students and seniors who could see an even steeper increase in bus fare passes.

-- Excerpt from Wicked Local Cambridge Jan 10th, 2012

As On The Move Coalition and MassPIRG's own Lizzi Weyant puts it in the above editorial, the proposed MBTA fare increases and service cuts promise to fall hardest on those most vulnerable - youth, seniors, persons with disabilities, and people in low-income communities and communities of color - and they only close the budget gap for one year. Here are some numbers from the proposals (full listings available from MBTA.com):

  • Over 101 bus routes eliminated
  • Nighttime and weekend commuter rail service eliminated on all lines
  • Green Line E trolley service eliminated
  • Mattapan trolley service eliminated
  • Fare increases across the board, up to 43 percent

The good news? Bikes Not Bombs is part of a coalition of groups (On The Move) that is pressuring for a long-term funding solution that will sustain the T for years to come. We need your help in asking all of our Senators and Legislators in the Statehouse to craft a long-term funding plan for the MBTA that does not balance the budget on the backs of riders.

Take action today!

  1. Look up your elected Senator and Representative in the MA Statehouse
  2. Call them both and tell them why public transit is important to you, and what choices you would be forced to make if the fares were increased and services you use cut. Ask them to attend a hearing in your area to hear from other constituents! Here is the hearing schedule.
  3. Attend a hearing and ask for alternative solutions from the MBTA and state legislature!
  4. Sign the coalition's petition
  5. Let us know if you take these actions! Email Jeremy at jeremy@bikesnotbombs.org.