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Anger, defiance marks MBTA hearing
March 7, 2012
By Andrew Firestone, The Somerville News
Somerville once again got the chance to have its voice heard last Tuesday, February 28, when an audience of hundreds turned out largely to protest the proposed fare hikes and service cuts the MBTA is currently considering.
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MBTA board to get spending blueprint
February 29, 2012
By Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe
MBTA administrators said yesterday that they plan to present the T board with a spending blueprint March 14 that will provide riders with the clearest sense yet of how much fares will rise and how deeply service will be cut.
Residents Express Anger, Offer Solutions to MBTA Officials
February 29, 2012
By Cate Lecuyer and Kasey Hariman, Charlestown Patch
For many people who came to the MBTA's Somerville meeting last night, the transportation discussion didn't begin at the meeting at 6 p.m., but at the pre-meeting rally organized by Occupy Somerville and Groundwork Somerville. About 70 people gathered on Somerville High's front lawn at 5:30 p.m., waving signs and shouting slogans while community members spoke through a bullhorn.
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Residents voice outrage at MBTA plans
February 19, 2012
By Katheleen Conti, Boston Globe
Roberto Chavez has been living in Chelsea for 32 years, and he remembers when $180 could get him a three-bedroom apartment with heat included.
“Now you can’t even get a bedroom for $180,’’ said the 65-year-old.
Chavez is well aware of what his dollar can, or in most cases cannot, buy him. He and his wife, Marta, live on a fixed Social Security income of $640 a month, and each spend $20 a month for reduced-fare MBTA passes, their main mode of transportation. That is why the agency’s proposed fare hikes and service cuts beginning July 1 have Chavez worried not just about higher costs but about their quality of life.
Students weary about fallout from transit cuts
February 17, 2012
By Zachary Romano, Brandeis Hoot
In preparation for a March 1 Waltham hearing on MBTA cuts, Student Union President Herbie Rosen ’12 and Vice President Gloria Park ’13 organized a Town Hall Forum on Monday night for members of the Brandeis community to voice their concerns and hear the university’s response to the recent MBTA plans.
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T drivers' overtime overdrive
February 15, 2012
By Richard Weir, Boston Herald
Scores of T bus and trolley operators raked in massive overtime last year — some pushing their take-home pay to $100,000 or more — by working extra shifts that put them behind the wheel for up to 14 consecutive hours, raising alarms over drowsy drivers.