MBTA fares will go up, raise cost for seniors and students
April 4, 2012
By Steve Annear, Metro
For the first time in more than five years, MBTA riders will have to dig deeper into their pockets and pay higher fares to ride public transit.
After more than an hour of pleas, chants and demands yesterday, the MassDOT Board of Directors voted to raise the cost to take the T by an average of 23 percent, while cutting services to some buses and weekend Commuter Rail routes.
"It's unconscionable," said Lee Matsueda, director of the T Riders Union. "It's not just a social issue, it's a moral issue. It's not just about dollars and cents, it's about peoples' lives."
Following the vote, riders rallied, booing and chanting "shame on you." Riders said they weren't surprised by the outcome, however.
"It's a failure of leadership and it's a failure in our system," said Khalida Smalls, with tears forming in her eyes."The only reason this system exists is because all of these people here. And they were ignored."