As the House began debating the transportation financing bill Monday, hundreds of senior citizens blocked traffic on Beacon Street in protest.
Disabled and elderly mass transit riders and advocates are taking their case against fare hikes to state transportation officials.
Riders on Boston’s public transportation system are bracing for a steep fare hike that goes into effect Sunday and may be just the start of coming cost increases and service cuts.
The board that oversees the MBTA approved a budget that calls for an average 23 percent fare increase and service cuts on Wednesday.
Like so many people who rely on public transportation, young people are outraged over proposed fare hikes and service cuts designed to help the cash-strapped MBTA.
Hundreds of students from Boston and surrounding communities took to the streets to protest the MBTA’s proposed fare increases.
I don’t want to pay more for gas or tolls either. But we cannot have a viable economy without usable roads and bridges and functioning, reasonably affordable public transit.
The state transportation department has decided to raise MBTA fares 23-percent and cut $15 million in service to close a huge budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year.
Seniors citizens, riders with disabilities and Occupy Boston-style protesters urged board members to reject service cuts and fare increases.
State lawmakers are under growing pressure to help solve the MBTA’s funding crisis and head off steep fare hikes and service reductions.