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The T Riders Union has come to the rescue
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.
MBTA fare increases and cuts
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.
MBTA Hearings: Voices Old and Young
February 14, 2012
By Alex Ramirez, Dig Boston
Hundreds of protestors took to Copley Square yesterday to rally against MBTA proposed fare hikes and service cuts and to attend the subsequent public hearing. People from all over the Boston area were represented, as well as members of various organizations—including the state’s Sierra Club chapter, Occupy Boston, Boston Living Center and the Fenway Community Development Corporation—were in attendance. However, the stars of the rally, and especially, the hearing, were the elderly, the disabled, and local high school students.
“Public transit is a lifeline for these people,” said Lee Matsueda of the T Riders Union, which organized the rally.
The Fight Against MBTA Service Cuts and Fare Hikes Gets Ugly
February 14, 2012
By Chris Faraone, Boston Phoenix
The latest theater in the war against MBTA fare hikes and service cuts opened Monday with a bang on every corner of the train map. Occupy Somerville forces rallied in Davis Square. Their Jamaica Plain and Dorchester counterparts gathered at Forest Hills and Fields Corner, respectively, to sound alarms about troubling proposals. Leading the pack, a group of loud and determined teens with the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition joined hundreds from the T Riders Union (TRU) and other activist outfits for a mass rally on Copley Square outside the Boston Public Library, where the MBTA planned a bombshell public meeting for 6pm on Monday night.
Anger, frustration mark DOT meeting with MBTA officials
February 9, 2012
By Gintautas Dumcius, Dorchester Reporter
Netchie Patterson-Sampson is one of many people who use the No. 18 bus to get from Ashmont to the Dorchester House, the local grocery store, or Kit Clark Senior Services in Fields Corner.
But that route could be eliminated under at least one proposal the MBTA is considering as the transit agency struggles with an overwhelming debt load and a budget deficit of $161 million.
Hundreds protest T cuts
February 3, 2012
By John Ruch, Jamaica Plain Gazette
A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting on Jan. 19. Another meeting was slated to be held Wednesday night in JP as the Gazette went to press.
Don't Cut the T
February 2, 2012
by Karen A. Narefsky, The Harvard Crimson
Here’s a story you might have heard about the MBTA: it’s billions of dollars in debt. Boston has the lowest transit fares of any major city in the country, but the system is facing a $161 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2013, and it’s time for the riders to pay their fair share. To that end, the T released a proposal in early January containing two possible scenarios for fare increases and service cuts, to take effect in July of this year.
Here’s another story.