Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials and youth leaders on Wednesday, July 1, to celebrate the first day of the Youth Pass pilot program! After nine years of organizing, the MassDOT Board of Directors approved our pilot in a huge step towards youth transit justice.
We'll be welcoming special guests for a press conference at 1:00 p.m.:
- Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition
- Youth Pass participants and parents
- Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of Transportation & MBTA officials
- Gary Christenson, Mayor of Malden
- Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
- Gloria Fox, State Representative
- Anthony Thomas, Office of Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
- Felix Arroyo, Boston Chief of Health & Human Services
- Representatives from the Boston Department of Youth Engagement & Employment
- Gladys Vega, Executive Director, Chelsea Collaborative
The Youth Pass pilot will make a $26 monthly pass and $7 weekly pass available to 1,500 eligible young people aged 12-21. Thank you members for all your help in achieving this major victory!
We're excited to share that this morning, Mayor Marty Walsh signed into law An Ordinance to Protect Air Quality throughout the City Of Boston by Reducing Fuel Emissions, the final version of our Diesel Emissions Reduction Ordinance (DERO) that will reduce harmful pollution caused by diesel vehicles and idling. This comes after five years of organizing and working with our partners at Clean Water Action.
- The battle for the survival of the MBTA is in our hands
- Seeing the deplorable state of the MBTA this winter is like watching a poorly-made slasher film where the ending is obvious to everyone except the blundering, oblivious characters. Someone at a party neglects to close a door or other guests decide it's a good idea to explore the cellar during a black out - cut to the remaining partiers being just astounded when bodies start piling up in the corner.
- The worst part? This crime scene was preventable.
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.
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
Call on Legislature to reject Governor Baker’s disingenuous bill
[Boston–May 11] Today, legislators held a State House hearing on Governor Baker’s proposed MBTA legislation, just over a month since full service resumed system-wide. Developed out of recommendations by a rapid response panel, this legislation claims to address the tremendous problems exposed by the brutal winter—but unfortunately will create an even bigger disaster if implemented.
Executive Order on Environmental Justice signed!
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, email@example.com
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