Public transportation is essential to everyone in Massachusetts. Whether we personally ride it or not, a statewide public transit network is important to our economy, to opportunity, to the environment and to healthy lives.
Please contact your legislators to stand up for transit riders, those who use the MBTA and those who use bus services provided by Regional Transit Authorities all across Massachusetts. The FY 2017 state budget is going to a conference committee now, with two important sections where your voice will make a difference.
- Please tell your legislators that you support the Senate’s proposed $84.1 million funding for Regional Transit Authorities. This is higher than the House’s $81 million budget and the Governor’s $80 million recommendation. RTA riders need more service, not less! Click here to tell your legislators that RTA riders deserve better service.
- The State Senate also voted overwhelmingly* to clarify that future fare increases for the MBTA should be at a 5% maximum biannual level. Higher fare increases - like the nearly 10% fare shock that kicks in July 1 - will add to roadway congestion, harm lower income riders and decrease T ridership. Click here to tell your legislators to keep fares fair in the future.
Together, we will work to make all transportation better in Massachusetts. Thanks for taking a few minutes to make a difference!
* An email from our coalition mistakenly stated that the Senate had voted unanimously to support the 5% biannual fare cap; the vote was 34-5.