The MBTA is proposing a 6.3% fare hike that, if passed, would go into effect in July 2019. This increase in public transit cost would, according to the MBTA, allow for system investments to improve service.
At public meetings across the city, residents are speaking out against the hike, expressing frustration about increasing prices for a system that is often delayed. Opponents also add that this would create a hardship for low income and senior riders.
City Councilor Michelle Wu takes it one step further, suggesting the MBTA should be free for all riders. She argues that every person should have the right to mobility without financial barriers. Wu also points to the environmental benefits of getting more people on free public transit, and less people driving their own vehicles.
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak presents the other side, saying the price hike is reasonable and fair. The MBTA has not raised fares since 2016, and the proposed increase is in line with the rate of inflation in Boston. You can read more from the MBTA proposal and submit your feedback here.
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