I opposed the proposed 2019 MBTA fare increases. We need the T for economic development, to help relieve congestion on our roadways, for social justice, economic justice, and environmental justice, and because we must sharply decrease our carbon pollution emissions. Increasing the price of subway, bus, ferry, and commuter rail service with no corresponding improvement in service is antithetical to achieving any of those objectives. I appreciate that the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board ultimately protected seniors, young people, and bus riders from the fare increases, and recognize the need for additional operating budget and support increased revenue. But new revenue should not come solely on the backs of the riders, and fares should not increase without an improvement in service.

On Wednesday February 27, I spoke against the proposed fare increase at an MBTA public hearing. My comments were picked up by several news outlets. Since then, service quality has continued to decline, with two subway derailments just weeks before the fare increase.

MBTA fare hikes in effect amid ongoing issues with service
NBC Boston, 7/1/2019

Brookline T riders: fare hikes unfair
Brookline Tab, 7/1/2019

MBTA fare hikes protested By politicians
Brookline Patch, 7/1/2019

MBTA raises fares despite public opposition
Spare Change News, 3/14/2019

MBTA Board approves fare increase
NECN’s The Take with Sue O’Connell, 3/11/2019

Facing backlash, the MBTA just raised fares 6 percent
Boston Magazine, 3/11/2019

Proposed ‘T’ hikes meet with outcry from commuters, elected officials

Lynn Journal, 3/9/2019

Legislators fight MBTA fare hikes
Worcester Telegram, 3/3/2019

MBTA Riders Speak Out Against Price Hikes
North End Waterfront, 3/1/2019

This State Rep used a can of AriZona Iced Tea to make a point about why the MBTA shouldn’t raise fares
Boston Globe, 2/28/2019

T riders: Don’t hike fares
Boston Herald, 2/28/2019

AriZona Iced Tea and an Argument Against Raising MBTA Fares
Boston Magazine, 2/28/2019

Proposed T fare hikes get pushback from community at hearing
WBUR, 2/28/2019

Riders Push Back Against MBTA Fare Increase Proposal
Brookline Patch, 2/28/2019

Boston city councilors want hearing on withholding payment to MBTA
WCVB Channel 5, 2/27/2019

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