Updated March 2012
The MBTA has released two drastic proposals to raise fares and cut service to fill a $161 million budget gap. Both plans will decimate our public transit system and throw our communities into crisis—especially devastating young people, seniors and lower-income riders.
Although the proposal has passed, MBTA fare hikes and service cuts won't start until July 1. There's still time to show Governor Patrick, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and MassDOT that these changes are unacceptable and demand a moratorium to fare increases and service cuts in Massachusetts.
What can we do to stop this?
- Find out more. What's causing the financial problems?
- Take action. Join us to fight back!
- Stay in touch. This is a fast-moving campaign! See the latest on upcoming actions and events by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and signing up for our monthly email alerts.
Thank you for your support!
See ACE members speaking on the effects of fare hikes and service cuts at our January 23 rally. Video by @taliawhyte.
We only have till March before service cuts and fare increase recommendations are given to the MBTA board for their April vote (the T is required by law to have a balanced budget by each April). Changes will be implemented in July 2012.
- Sign our online petition. Print copies of our paper petition and collect signatures. Get the petition in Spanish.
- Call your legislators and ask them to fix the T. Encourage them to attend upcoming fare increase and service cuts hearings and ask them to implement our Fast Five immediate solutions to the MBTA debt problem and find long-term fixes.
- Find out more about our Fast Five!
- Spread the word! Get the images from our poster to share and use as profile pictures.
- Be a part of the conversation! Use the hashtags #Tcuts and #TFareHike on Twitter to share your perspective on the MBTA's proposals and the importance of public transportation.
- Share materials! Find us at an upcoming action to pick up buttons and stickers.
- Sign on as a supporting organization! Are you a member of a community group? Contact us to become a co-sponsor of upcoming actions and events.
- Make a donation to support this work!
Thank you to everyone who has been part of these actions and events!
Deutsche Bank Action and Take Back Boston (April 17, 2012)
MBTA Board Vote (April 4, 2012)
YAC 24-hour Vigil at the State House (April 3-4, 2012)
YAC March for Opportuni(T) (March 29, 2012)
The Fast Five People's Board (March 27, 2012)
REEP Fast Five Action (March 21, 2012)
The Fast Five superheroes emerge! (February 28, 2012)
March to fund youth jobs and transportation (February 23, 2012)
Have a Heart Action at the State House (February 14, 2012)
YAC rally and Public Hearing in Copley Square (February 13, 2012)
YAC launch at ACE (February 4, 2012)
The following groups have co-sponsored at least one campaign event:
Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)
Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth (BAGLY)
Bikes Not Bombs (BNB)
Books of Hope
Boston Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC)
Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP)
Chelsea Creek Action Group (CCAG) Youth
Chinese Youth Initiative (CYI)
The City School
Coalition to Fund Our Communities / Reduce Military Spending 25%
Community Corridor Planning
Dorchester People for Peace
Fenway Community Development Corporation
The Food Project
Greater Four Corners Action Coalition (GFCAC)
Groundwork Somerville Green Team
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)
Livable Streets Alliance
Madison Park Development Corporation
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC)
Mass Senior Action Council (MASC)
MataHari: Eye of the Day
On the Move (OTM) Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition
Right to the City – Boston
Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) of ACE
Save Our Somerville (SOS)
Sierra Club, Massachusetts Chapter
Somerville Community Corporation
Students Against T Cuts
T Riders Union (TRU) of ACE
Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA)
Washington Street Corridor Coalition
Youth Affordability Coalition (YAC)
Youth Involvement Sub-committee of Cambridge City Council (YIS)
Youth Way on the MBTA