March 7, 2016
It's all come down to this: On Monday, March 7, the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) will be voting on whether to increase fares.
Please join us at 1:00 p.m. at the Transportation Building to hold the FMCB accountable!
These hikes will disproportionately hurt youth, seniors, people of color and low-income riders. Student and Youth Passes could be raised as much as 23.1 percent, bus passes 19.5 percent and THE RIDE and senior fares 10.3 percent.
Compare these to the average raise on the commuter rail - a service that predominately services wealthier suburban communities - from 3.9 percent in the MBTA's lower proposal to 6.3 percent in the higher proposal (some hikes as low as zero percent in both scenarios).
The disparate impact on the most vulnerable riders does not seem to trouble the FMCB, who was recently rebuked by the Federal Transit Administration for failing to run a civil rights analysis on cutting late-night service. (Like fare hikes, the elimination of this service overwhelmingly harms low-income riders and people of color.)
Neither the thousands of public comments - the vast majority opposed to fare hikes - have moved the FMCB, nor the numbers from their own survey that show 43 percent of riders would stop riding the MBTA under the higher increase, and 29 percent would stop under the lower increase.
After a hard-fought battle, our gloves are now off for the vote on fare hikes. The FMCB has rigged the fight by misrepresenting the size of the budget deficit, breaking the fare cap law, dismissing equity concerns and more. It's time to #FightTheHike and hold the board accountable.
Monday, March 7, 1:00 p.m.
(Note the time has been moved an hour later to 1:00 p.m. from the previously scheduled 12:00 p.m.)
Transportation Building, 2nd floor
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
Can't make it on Monday? Here are other ways to support the campaign:
- Sign on to our alternate budget that balances finances without raising fares.
- Join our Thunderclap campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
- See breaking updates on Monday's action by following us on Twitter at @AceEJ and @tridersunion, and tweeting your support using #FightTheHike.
- If you are not available at 1:00 p.m. but are free later, check Twitter to see if the action is still ongoing.
- Make a donation to sustain this work for transit justice.
For more information, please contact Caroline. Thank you for your help!