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“Superheroes” Force State Transportation Board To Cut Meeting Short

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BOSTON (CBS) – A group of MBTA riders interrupted a state transportation finance and audit committee meeting on Tuesday morning.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

The group of around 100 people, who were angered by proposed MBTA fare hikes and service cuts, was led by five people in masks and superhero outfits calling themselves “The Fast Five.”

“Hello riders, we are your heroes, and we’ve flown in today to save the MBTA,” said one of the protesters. “We are here to act today because the governor of this state and the state legislature have failed. They failed the riders throughout the Commonwealth for not taking action. They refuse to stop this attack on riders, and it is unacceptable!”

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After the MBTA committee adjourned the meeting and left the room, the group held its own meeting.

“Now that we are a people’s board room, MassDOT, we pass three resolutions: the first was to remove the proposal for a fare increase and service cuts for this year,” the protester said.

In reality, fare increase and service cuts are still on the table, but it’s clear that these people won’t let it happen without a fight.

Plans for any potential MBTA fare hikes could be announced as early as this week.

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