Hmm, why do you think T ridership hasn't increased despite the recent run-up in gasoline prices? Regular T commuter Gary McGath has a possible answer:
... The MBTA offers riders inadequate parking, overcrowded trains, cars that are often freezing or broiling hot, unpredictably irregular buses and subways, Green Line trains that routinely lie about their final stop, and other frustrations. ...
If commuters do have to pay more, perhaps the T could soften the blow by giving them more amusing subway maps.
But if our favorite dysfunctional transit system has to raise fares, Jen Stewart has suggestions for what to do with the new money:
... a) hire people who aren't outright jerks to run your token booths (don't get me started on that harridan at Oak Grove...just don't), and b) fix your turnstiles and escalators? It would be lovely not to bruise myself every third morning on a turnstile that doesn't cooperate.