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.
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.
Sign our petition! Add your name to support the Youth Pass.
For more information, see youthwayonthembta.org/yac.
- 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?
- ACE has moved! We are now located at 2201 Washington Street, Suite 302, in Roxbury, one block down from our old office.Come check out our new space on Wednesday, April 23, from 6:00 to 8:00, during our Open House.
Check out photos from some of our recent events: Ellington Street Garden Renovations, 20th Anniversary MEJAN Breakfast, Boston Youth Power March, Year End Celebration, EJ Agenda Retreat, Rhode Island EJ Summit, and Walk for Climate and Environmental Justice.
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
Brockton and West Bridgewater Residents Bring First State Environmental Justice Case to Supreme Judicial Court
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
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.
CONTACT: Lee Matsueda, Alternatives for Community and Environment (617) 592-1295 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
February 7, 2013
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
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.
RIDE users and senior, youth and transit-dependent riders to send clear message at MBTA Board Meeting
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.
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2012
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
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.