Boston Globe: "Massport should help solve T mess" "Forward Funding dumped billions of dollars of state debt on to the MBTA, and assumed without reason that growing costs of service expansion into lower-density suburbs could be supported on a tax base that is static. Twelve years later, this dramatic change of state policy has eroded the financial stability of the MBTA, and led directly to the current crisis."
Boston Globe: "Panel to examine Somerville transportation systems" The 13-member Transportation Research, Innovation and Planning group includes current elected officials, police, community groups, and consultants, and will have a broad mandate to recommend improvements to pedestrian patterns, vehicular traffic, bicycle safety, and parking systems, among other areas.
Boston Globe: "MBTA unveils 23 percent fare hike; limited service cuts also proposed" "I can't emphasize enough this is a one-year solution. And all things being the same, we will be back in the same position a year from now, looking at service cuts and potentially more fare increases," Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey said. MBTA press release Map of service changes MassDOT/MBTA presentation
Boston Globe: "MBTA hearing on cuts draws rowdy, heartfelt crowd in Somerville" "The MBTA is a lifeline, and what the MBTA wants to do would devastate the community," said Ronald Leaks, a community organizer for Groundwork Somerville. Somerville Patch: "Residents Express Anger, Offer Solutions to MBTA Officials" At the rally was Representative Carl Sciortino, who told Patch, "The current proposals are unacceptable. Statewide transportation finance reform is needed, not just at the MBTA, but in all of our transit sectors."
The MBTA needs to hear from you about how the proposed fare increases and service cuts will affect you and your family as well as what you want them to do to address the transportation financial crisis. Please attend the Public Hearing on February 28 at 6 PM at Somerville High School. Before the hearing join the rally in front of the High School at 5:30 PM.
"Occupy Somerville protests potential MBTA cuts and fair hikes" "The bitter debate over fare hikes and service cuts has given new and focused momentum to the Occupy movement, which has been criticized for lacking a specific agenda. In addition to talking to riders, Occupy members have been posting fliers at Somerville bus stops warning that services may be cut, further encouraging the public to attend the Feb. 28 hearing and fight back. They have also forged alliances with other transportation groups fighting against the proposed MBTA changes."
Neil Freeman has created an interested page comparing the relative sizes of subway systems of the world. Just think of how many people who live near Boston don't yet have easy access to the T! Check it out.
"Cuts protested at State House" "It was easy for [state lawmakers] to drop the Big Dig debt on the backs of the T and its riders, so they really need to consider how important of a service this is for our region and for the state as a whole," Matsueda said before leading the group in a march to the hearing. Photos from the event