Executive Order on Environmental Justice signed!
For five years, our Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance has organized to pass an Executive Order on Environmental Justice in the state.
Thank you members, supporters and allies for your support of this work. We are excited to share this monumental victory with you!
See our factsheet [pdf] for more information on how this Executive Order will make all of our lives greener, healthier and safer.
Sign the T Riders Union's petition for Early Bird service! Many riders rely on MBTA to get to work and start shifts before the morning rush hour. Early morning service is infrequent and buses are overcrowded. Riders need more Early Bird service for reliable commutes to work.
The MBTA is already planning to increase off-peak service, which makes this a crucial moment to amplify the needs of our communities. The T wants to add 150 hours of service to routes outside of the morning and evening rush hours. We are asking the T to use 20 of those hours for early morning service.
Sign the petition telling the MBTA to support Early Bird! To get involved with the campaign’s next steps, come to the next TRU meeting on August 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at ACE.
In June, the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) sent an Open Letter to MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey asking him to keep his promise to implement a Youth Pass pilot. When he failed to respond, YAC held a sit-in to demand a response to the Youth Rider Crisis that leaves young people stranded every day.
Now, MassDOT has agreed to establish a working group to develop a Youth Pass pilot program for implementation in July 2015. The group will include six youth in addition to several allies and partners, MassDOT officials and outside consultants.
This is a crucial step towards our ultimate goal of a permanent, unrestricted and affordable Youth Pass available to all youth who ride the T.
What's happening at ACE?
- Youth kicked off our growing season with renovations at Ellington Street Garden. There's plenty of opportunities to volunteer coming up! Stay tuned for more renovations and new raised bed builds.
Check out photos from some of our recent events: REEP Youth Summit, MassDOT Board Meeting, Our Role in the Climate Justice Movement Workshop, Climate Justice Movement Workshop, Climate Justice Workshop, and Sit-in for Opportuni(T).
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.