April 3, 2012
By Steve Annear, Metro
It all comes down to this.
Months of protests, public hearings that drew thousands of commentators, and nearly 6,000 e-mails sent to T officials in regards to proposed MBTA fare hikes and service cuts have culminated to one final vote expected today.
Last week, protesters dressed as superheroes hijacked a board meeting, shutting it down.
MBTA officials said extra security would be on hand to help ensure that today's meeting is conducted in an orderly fashion
Security personnel from the state Transportation building will be active throughout the meeting.
MBTA Advisory Board members said T officials will "attempt to keep the crowd small."
Several groups of protesters plan on making their disapproval clear at today's hearing.
More than 20 people were committed to sleeping over on the steps of the State House last night, leading up to the final vote by the MassDOT Board of Directors.
Members from the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition, Massachusetts Senior Action Council and T Riders Union rallied on Beacon Hill, holding a 24-hour vigil in protest of the proposed fare increases.
The groups called on Gov. Deval Patrick to intervene before the final vote today.
For those using T ferries, the fare will skyrocket by 35 percent.