With over crowded buses and trains, lousy service, and a system that’s pretty much broken, the MBTA has boldly announced it wants more money for fares. In a new proposal revealed last month at a Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting, the MBTA wants to increase fares by 6.3 percent over the next three years.
If approved, this fare hike will begin on July 1st and a ride on the T will cost you an additional 15 cents. It will cost an extra dime to take the bus, a 7-day LinkPass will increase by $1.25 and a monthly pass will be $90.
The last time there was a fare increase it was 2016. According to the MBTA fare proposal FAQ, the proposed increase “is necessary for the Authority to continue making system investments to improve service.” You know, like all the service and system improvements we’ve seen since 2016. Not to mention Boston has the worst rush-hour traffic in the country – maybe now is not the time to deter people from taking the T.
City Councilor at-Large Michelle Wu believes we should “forget fare hikes and make the T free!” You can read about it here.
Wu has also started a petition to tell the MBTA to focus on transit equity instead of fare hikes.
A community meeting to discuss fare increases and Better Bus project will take place on Monday, February 25th from 6pm-8pm at the Tynan School – 650 East Fourth Street.
There is another public meeting on Wednesday, February 27th, 6:30PM at the State Transportation building, 10 Park Plaza 2nd floor.
The people who run the MBTA system should fix the problems and then raise the fares accordingly, instead of gouging the public unnecessarily.