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MBTA Issues

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Prices have seen an all time high this year. According to the Boston Globe prices of subway and bus tickets rose 10 cents(increasing to $1.60 and $2.10). The price of a combined bus-and-subway monthly pass increased by $5 to $75, and a monthly pass rose to $50 per month. Hundreds of people wrote to the MBTA about the fare increases and 82% were opposed to the fare increase. It is not fair to increase the subway prices. The state should make cutbacks in expenses rather than increase fares of the MBTA. Officials estimate that the rise in fare hikes will cause ridership to dip down by 1 percent. This means 2.8 million- 3.8 million fewer trips per year. To make matters worse sanitation around the bus and train stops are very poor. Some stations are very cramped and air restricted which increases the chances of sickness to rise. The fact that millions of people ride the T doesn’t help the situation. A small piece of MBTA revenue should go to cleaning stations and areas around bus stops. At many stops there are always crowds and it seems like everyday there are delays. It can be on the green, red or orange line. The T just constantly disappoints its customers with the cramped unscheduled over-crowded buses and trains.

The MBTA hike really affects a lot of Bostonians and people around the state who have to pay more and it all adds up. It seems like every summer the prices go up. Students get free charlie cards. But during summer it’s hard living among other traveling citizens. I believe with the help of thousands this can happen. Specifically if a change can come through a law. Currently there is a Massachusetts law that was passed last year which limits fare increases to an average 5 per cent every two years. Lowering this percentage or increasing the number of years will help. If not every two years MBTA prices can go up. Join this petition to urge the state to change MBTA conditions!

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