Be A Hero, Not a Zero: Save the MBTA!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2012
Lee Matsueda, T Riders Union Director, (617) 592-1295
Sarah Horsley, Fenway CDC Civic Engagement Director, (617) 504-3792
Will Gov. “Debt Smash” Deval Join the Fast Five in the Call for Transit for All?
WHO: “Debt Smash” Deval, The Fast Five, and T rider superheroes including members of the T Riders Union, Mass Senior Action Council, Fenway CDC, Youth AffordabiliT Coalition, On the Move Coalition, MassUniting, and other groups.
State Senators McGee and Chang-Diaz and State Representatives Sciortino, Garballey, Rushing, Walz, and Fox have also been invited.
WHY: The Fast Five and other T super riders stand ready to face down (Big Dig) Debt Vader. Will “Debt Smash” Deval arrive in time to help save the MBTA? He has the super powers we need to hold off Debt Vader and invoke a transportation system that will fortify the environment and economy of our fair Commonwealth.
This Thursday, we super riders bring thousands of petitions and postcards from riders and people who care about the MBTA. On behalf of the people, we call on “Debt Smash” Deval to halt the service cuts & fare hikes, and take these 3 potent steps to fill the MBTA’s deficit:
1. Shift operation of ferry services to Massport, and transfer revenues from the Silver Line bus to the airport (SL1) to the MBTA, saving the MBTA as much as $50 million per year.
2. Transfer $7 million from the snow removal budget to the MBTA.
3. Ask the MBTA Board of Directors to renegotiate bad interest rate swaps with banks including Deutsche Bank, UBS & JP Morgan Chase, saving about $25 million.
We also call upon “Debt Smash” Deval to work with fellow super heroes in the legislature to summon sustainable funding for a first-class transportation system state-wide. We hope that the people’s voices will be heard today. Then we can declare proudly, “have no fear, Debt Smash Deval is here!”
WHEN: Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 P.M.
WHERE: Steps of the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
VISUALS/HANDOUTS: “Debt Smash” Deval, The Fast Five and other rider superheroes, Big Dig debt weights, thousands of petitions and postcards.
The T Riders Union (TRU) is a program of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a grassroots environmental justice organization in Roxbury. ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities and achieve environmental justice.
The Fenway Community Development Corporation is a membership organization that works to achieve greater residential stability and diversity in the Fenway neighborhood. We engage residents in community planning, develop affordable housing and advocate for community services primarily aimed at meeting the needs of low- and moderate- income residents.
Mass Senior Action Council is a statewide, democratically-run membership organization open to people of all ages. We have over 1,000 members, 30 affiliated groups, and seven active chapters located in Boston, Bristol County, Cambridge, Central Massachusetts, Greater Springfield, Metro North and North Shore communities.