DOT Board Approves Increases but challenges MBTA on (in)action on Youth Pass

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Press Contact(s): 

Dave Jenkins, Youth Affordability Coalition

Diana Bell, Public Transit-Public Good Coalition

Riders and workers call on MassDOT to take responsibility for investing in youth and protecting jobs

[Lynn—May 14] The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation voted today to pass the MBTA’s proposed FY15 fare change proposals without revisions. The FY15 budget includes an average five
percent hike across all fares, with the exception of The Ride and the seven-day Student Pass. Despite past commitments by the MBTA and nearly one-third of youth riders priced out of public transit, the budget does
not include a Youth Pass pilot. The T will also eliminate nearly 100 cleaning staff at subway stations on the Red, Orange and Blue lines. Read the full press release (PDF).