Some offer complaints, kudos and ideas.
Remember the hue and cry early this year when the T proposed to cut road and rail service or raise rates for riders? Fares went up. So did ridership, across public transportation modes, according to Jonathan Davis, acting general manager and rail and transit administrator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which is part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). What do residents of the Commonwealth want in their public transportation system statewide? MassDOT, which oversees public transportation on roads, rails and tarmacs here, held a meeting at the McGlynn Middle School Tuesday night, part of a series of “conversations” statewide, to hear ideas about the transportation system people want and what the …
The entire T system is now at a crossroads, according to the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee.
Friday, December 9, 2011
[Editor's note: The following letter (dated Friday, Dec. 2) was recently approved unanimously by the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee, according to committee member Reid Sprite.] Dear Riders, By now, you’ve probably heard that the MBTA has proposed to raise fares again, and you’re likely not happy about this decision. To be honest, neither are we. But just like you, the T is required to balance how much it spends with how much it earns. Since the last fare increase, the T has done its very best to supplement its income with ever-more creative one-time solutions like real estate sales, labor efficiencies and debt restructuring. We at the Rider Oversight Committee commend the T’s efforts to keep the unsustainable system afloat, but regret that…