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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fare exchange

They listened. Now the only question is what alternative will MBTA management and state leaders cook up?

Buried deep in the Globe's story on the last of the public hearings on the T's proposal for fare hikes and service cuts is this declarative statement:
MBTA general manager Jonathan Davis said Monday night that neither of the two previously released scenarios will be selected by the agency’s board.
That's good news for the 6,000 people who have attended the seemingly endless hearings on the T's initial call for fare hikes of up to 43 percent, accompanied by crippling service cuts.

What the bad news will be depends a great deal on whether legislative leaders and Deval Patrick have been listening to the concerns expressed by commuters who work and personal lives depend on the already maddening system.

With gasoline prices on a steady northbound path, the last thing state officials want or need is a surge of people forced into their cars because of inadequate public transportation. But they also need to recognize a serious objection from communities outside the MBTA district to paying for the capital city's transportation needs, no matter how important Boston's health is to the rest of the state.

To date, legislative leaders have been publicly non-committal to any possible solution to the T's short-term and long-term woes, despite their culpability in exacerbating the problem.

Hopefully the silent period has been used to craft a solution. Although experience suggests it has not.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise the price of parking in the city and more people will get on the train/bus. The increased revenue from those who insist on parking can upgrade the T.

March 13, 2012 12:26 PM  
Blogger Mea said...

They have been quiet and I hope that they are coming up with a decent solution all of us can live with. However, this quiet period is making me quite nervous. -Mea www.hertrainstories.blogspot.com

March 15, 2012 4:46 PM  

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