Major Youth Transit Justice Victory!

This week, our Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) won a major victory when the MBTA announced that come fall, schools and Student Pass holders will now be able to purchase a seven-day pass for the price of a five-day pass.

Tweet, sign and march for a #YouthPass!

For eight years, youth organizers have been working for a Youth Pass that would cost $10 per month and would work 24/7, including nights, weekends and summertime.

Learn more about this victory, the history of the Youth Way on the MBTA campaign, and next steps on our blog.

Keep tweeting for a #YouthPass. Follow @YouthWay and like YAC on Facebook to see tweets to copy and paste. Make sure you include #YouthPass in your tweets.

Sign our petition! Add your name to support the Youth Pass.

For more information, see


Environmental Justice at the Supreme Judicial Court!

MEJAN and Brockton and West Bridgewater residents at the Supreme Judicial Court

                On Tuesday, March 4, Brockton and West Bridgewater residents took their fight against a proposed fossil fuel power plant to the Supreme Judicial Court. Residents' case against the plant was the first environmental justice case argued before SJC, and it comes after over seven years of organizing.

                Find out more about the campaign and check back soon for next steps!


What's happening at ACE?

REEP leader Whitney in the bountiful Shawmut Neighbors' Garden this month

Statehouse marchREEP: Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project

REEP develops and supports youth leadership in our home neighborhood through a school-based environmental justice curriculum, an after-school youth leadership program, and youth-led organizing projects. Learn more about REEP

TRU: the T Riders Union

TRU organizes public transit riders to build a unified voice and movement for better public transportation in Greater Boston. TRU focuses our organizing on lower income riders and riders of color who must depend on public transit to reach their daily destinations. Learn more about TRU

EJLS: Environmental Justice Legal Services

EJLS provides legal and technical assistance and capacity building services to help strengthen and support grassroots groups working on environmental justice in our region. Learn more about EJLS

Brockton and West Bridgewater Residents Bring First State Environmental Justice Case to Supreme Judicial Court


Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:30pm

Staci Rubin, Alternatives for Community & Environment, (617) 442-3343 x236
Virginia Jeppson, Citizens for a Better Brockton, 508-587-6615
Ed Byers, Stop The Power, (508) 326-1029

aceadmin – Tue, 03/04/2014 – 10:07am

From Bad to Worse: State Capital Plan drops bus investment for next five years


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:30am

Boston, MA – Last night the Massachusetts Department of Transportation kicked off a series of six public hearings on two state plans, including the $12.4 billion draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP). After securing much needed dollars through the Transportation Investment Act passed at the State House last July, transportation officials have inexplicably left out $272 million over the next five years for critical MBTA bus maintenance and replacement. Instead, the plan proposes to push bus investment to sometime after 2019, leaving transit advocates and riders wondering if this is a bad dream or a nightmare coming to life.

truadmin – Thu, 01/30/2014 – 12:17pm

State Capital Plan Drops Bus Investment for Next 5 years

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:00am

CONTACT: Lee Matsueda, Alternatives for Community and Environment (617) 592-1295 cell,

Boston, MA - Tonight at 6 p.m. the Massachusetts Department of Transportation kicks off a series of six public hearings on two state plans including the $12.4 billion draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Testimony will happen through February 10 with a final plan expected in late April to early May.

aceadmin – Wed, 01/29/2014 – 4:11pm

MBTA riders march to demand equity, accountability and accessibility


Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:00pm

Contact: Lee Matsueda, Alternatives for Community & Environment

MBTA riders march to demand equity, accountability and accessibility
MassDOT/MBTA board passes budget with $118 million placeholder

aceadmin – Thu, 04/11/2013 – 5:28pm

Governor and Transit Officials Honor Today's Rosa Parks

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 9:00pm

February 7, 2013

Press Advisory
Contact: Diana Bell, Community Labor United

Governor and Transit Officials Honor Today’s Rosa Parks

When: Tuesday, February 12, 1:30PM
Where: Massachusetts State House, Nurses Hall
What: Ceremony honoring seven Black Massachusetts women who are continuing Rosa Parks’s fight for transit justice
Who: Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, MBTA Manager Beverly Scott, and emcee Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Amalgamated Transportation Union and Boston Carmen’s Union leaders, community leaders

aceadmin – Wed, 02/13/2013 – 4:25pm

Riders and workers rally to stop disproportionate fare increases


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 2:00am

House Bill 4161 can help ease burden on PVTA riders and disabled MBTA riders

[BOSTON—June 12] Hundreds of transit riders and workers from across Massachusetts rallied at the State House today in favor of House Bill 4161 that provides funding to the MBTA and regional transit authorities (RTAs) to limit fare increases and service cuts slated for July 1. Members of the House will vote tomorrow on legislation aimed at addressing the current transit budget shortfalls. Ralliers told Legislators it is unconscionable to force the most vulnerable riders to pay the price for inadequate funding and that it’s time to take leadership and find solutions for the emergency facing our communities.

aceadmin – Tue, 06/12/2012 – 5:46pm

RIDE users and senior, youth and transit-dependent riders to send clear message at MBTA Board Meeting


Mon, 04/02/2012 - 8:00pm

Support RIDErs and stop the fare increases and service cuts!


Users of the MBTA paratransit system THE RIDE, senior, youth and transit-dependent riders, the Boston Center for Independent Living, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, the T Riders Union (TRU) program at ACE, the Youth AffordabiliT Coalition (YAC), members of the On the Move (OTM) Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition and the Save the T Coalition.

aceadmin – Wed, 04/04/2012 – 3:24am

Be A Hero, Not a Zero: Save the MBTA!


Wed, 03/21/2012 - 3:00am

Media Advisory


Lee Matsueda, T Riders Union Director, (617) 592-1295
Sarah Horsley, Fenway CDC Civic Engagement Director, (617) 504-3792

aceadmin – Thu, 03/22/2012 – 12:00pm

Hundreds of riders rally and call on Governor Patrick to stop the MBTA fare increase and cuts


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 1:00am

Media Advisory


Lee Matsueda, T Riders Union Director, (617) 592-1295
Sarah Horsley, Fenway CDC Civic Engagement Director, (617) 267-4637 x19
Marvin Martin, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition Executive Director, (617) 436-0289

truadmin – Mon, 02/13/2012 – 10:25am

Fare increases and service cuts are unwise, unfair and unnecessary


Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:00pm

T Riders Union questions fare hike proposal at MBTA Board Meeting

[BOSTON—Wednesday, December 7] Public transit riders of the T Riders Union (TRU) testified at the MBTA Board of Directors meeting today, raising questions about the decision-making process behind the pending fare increase and service cuts proposal. TRU members called out the MBTA for a lack of transparency and flexibility in the proposal for its FY 2012 – 2013 budget.

aceadmin – Fri, 12/09/2011 – 10:00pm
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