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MBTA riders need a low-income fare, not a new fee
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Opinion
MBTA riders need a low-income fare, not a new fee
We need a low-income transit fare in Boston. However, new proposed changes to fare collection would lead us in the opposite direction — away from greater equity and towards a less accessible transportation system, harming the very riders that need it most.
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City to start planning for Blue Hill Ave. redesign
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Local News
City to start planning for Blue Hill Ave. redesign
Boston officials are planning to redesign a three-mile stretch of Blue Hill Avenue between Mattapan Square and Grove Hall. Planning will likely include center-running bus lanes.
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City, MBTA to expand free bus program
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Local News
City, MBTA to expand free bus program
Starting in March, riders on the 23 and 29 bus routes will be excused from paying fares as part of a two-year pilot program announced last week by Mayor Michelle Wu. The 28 bus, which is already operating fare-free, also will be part of the two-year pilot.
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Council approves expanded free bus routes
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Local News
Council approves expanded free bus routes
Multiple city bus lines will be fare-free next year as part of a pilot program by the City of Boston aimed at increasing ridership post-pandemic and creating economic opportunities for neighborhoods most impacted by the financial downturn of the last year and a half.
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Wu pushes for more fare-free bus lines
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Local News
Wu pushes for more fare-free bus lines
In her first full day in office, newly elected Mayor Michelle Wu requested the City Council appropriate $8 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to eliminate fares on three bus lines for a two-year period.
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Activists call for electric buses in Black community
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Local News
Activists call for electric buses in Black community
As organizations across the state are looking to shift practices and models to become more climate-friendly, the MBTA is planning a shift to a fully electric bus fleet. The agency proposes a fully electrified fleet by 2040, but some transit activists and state legislators say the shift should come sooner and should have a stronger focus on the communities most impacted by air pollution.
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Local News
MBTA ridership rebounds, somewhat, from pandemic
A report released Friday by CommercialCafe, a commercial real estate blog, found that, in August, the number of people searching for directions on public transit in Boston was up 30% compared to before the start of the pandemic in January 2020.
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Report: MBTA faces fiscal cliff
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Local News
Report: MBTA faces fiscal cliff
A report released Sept. 16 outlines a grim future for the funding of the MBTA. Local transit advocates say they are not surprised but suggest this signals a moment for needed change.
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Janey rolls out free 28 bus pilot program
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Local News
Janey rolls out free 28 bus pilot program
Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced a pilot program Monday waiving fares on the 28 bus, which travels between Mattapan Square and Ruggles Street.
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Activists push for a regional approach to rail
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Local News
Activists push for a regional approach to rail
Regional rail has changed drastically over the last year, but its fares have not. Transit Matters, a Boston-based public transit advocacy group, introduced a Regional Rail Transformation Vision in 2019 that creates an opportunity for lower fares.
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A wish list for MBTA service improvements
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Local News
A wish list for MBTA service improvements
President Biden announced his $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a financially ambitious offering that targets transit among other sectors. Biden wants to bring $85 billion to existing public transit, which could provide opportunities for expansion and improvement of the T, the commuter rail and the bus system.
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Transit group presses MBTA to reverse cuts
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Local News
Transit group presses MBTA to reverse cuts
Acting Mayor Kim Janey joined a coalition of transit activists in calling on the MBTA board to reverse service cuts on train and bus routes they say are hampering the ability of workers to get to and from their jobs and slowing the region’s path to economic recovery.
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