Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) is helping organize a two-day protest against MBTA fare increases that will include stationing protesters outside each T stop and on as many trains as they can muster on July 1 - the first day of increased T fares.
The goal: Create a movement to press for a reliable transit system that isn't always on the verge of falling off the rails.
Wu's posted a signup form for people who want to rally the day before at a Boston T Party to get signs and handouts for riders the following day.
Derailments and ongoing service disruptions aren’t the main problem facing the T; they’re symptoms of what we must fundamentally change: a deteriorating system lacking leadership, investment and accountability.
On July 1st, a 6% fare hike on subway and commuter rail passes will go into effect. These hikes will place an undue burden on residents already struggling to meet transportation-related costs, totaling an unaffordable 41% increase in MBTA fares since 2012.
The fare increase represents a step in the wrong direction when we can’t afford anything less than aggressive progress forward. The amount of revenue raised on the backs of riders won’t even come close to the funding needed for frequent, reliable, affordable and sustainable service.