TRU Opposes the MBTA Fare Hike


October 4, 2006

Contact: Caroline Fan, (617) 442-3343 x233,,,,,,,


Transit riders to present petition and alternative solutions to MBTA budget crunch at MBTA public hearing

(Boston, MA) – With the MBTA fare increase vote scheduled for November, increasingly frustrated T-Riders Union (TRU) members want to know if the T will even pay attention to the 800-plus public comments on automated fare collection and the fare increase. Incensed riders from across Boston who are tired of shouldering the burden of the state’s fiscal mismanagement will be demonstrating in front of the MBTA headquarters, then marching in and delivering over 1,200 signatures opposing the fare hikes to the MBTA Board. Riders will asking the MBTA to partner with them in seeking alternatives to the fare hike at the state level. TRU members are public transit riders building a unified voice and movement for improved public transportation in Greater Boston, and TRU is a committee of Alternatives for Community & Environment. ,

TRU member Shamus Barrett from Chelsea said that most people are shocked at the $1.65 bus and $2.25 cash/CharlieTicket fares being proposed. “Their jaws drop and when I add that there’s no bus-to-bus transfer for folks paying cash, they are even more outraged!”

Riders will march in to present a signed petition and propose several alternatives to the fare hike including debt relief by the state, and ask the MBTA to join them in seeking policy solutions that lessen the burden on Boston’s train and bus riders who make an estimated 1.2 million trips daily.

WHO: ,,T Riders Union members ,,

           The On the Move transportation justice coalition ,,

           State Senator Jarrett Barrios ,,

           Chelsea City Councilor Roseann Bongiovanni

WHAT: ,Demonstration and march to MBTA board meeting WHEN:,Thursday, October 5, 2006, @ 12:30 pm

WHERE:,The Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 3rd Floor MBTA Board Room (near the intersection of Boylston and Stuart streets)

Photo Opportunities: Riders will hang a petition opposing the fare hike that stretches around all four walls of the MBTA Board Room.