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MBTA riders and transportation justice leaders to speak out on life changing low-income fare

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2024

For planning purposes only 

Contact: Jason Johnson: jason.johnson@617mediagroup.com, 617-455-7312 

MBTA riders and transportation justice leaders to speak out on life changing low-income fare

MBTA Board expected to approve significant fare discounts for more than 60,000 Massachusetts residents

BOSTONOn Thursday, March 28, MBTA riders, workers, and public transportation advocates will gather at MBTA headquarters as the Board of Directors vote to approve a measure establishing a low-income fare that would support thousands of working-class riders who rely on public transit the most. If the MBTA Board approves the fare discount, it would cut fares roughly in half for riders who qualify, resulting in annual savings of up to $720 for daily bus and subway riders, and $1,908 for certain commuter rail riders.

There’s widespread public support for a low-income fare, with 84 percent of Commonwealth residents supporting discounted rates on the T and commuter rail for income-eligible riders.

WHO: 

  • Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation
  • Mike Vartabedian, Chair, Public Transit Public Good Coalition and Assistant Directing Business Representative at IAM District 15
  • Reggie Ramos, Executive Director, Transportation 4 Massachusetts
  • Noemy Rodriguez, MBTA rider and East Boston Resident, GreenRoots
  • Yinchun Liang, MBTA rider, Charlestown Resident & Homecare worker, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Jim Evers, President, Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589

WHAT: 

Press conference in support of MBTA low-income fare 

WHEN: 

Thursday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m., following the MBTA Board vote.

WHERE: 

MBTA Board Room 

State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor
10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

WHY: 

Low-income MBTA fares would offer discounted fares to riders aged 26 through 64 earning 200% or less of the federal poverty level. By this summer, MBTA riders with low incomes could see their fares slashed roughly in half. 

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About the Public Transit Public Good Coalition: 

Public Transit Public Good is a partnership of transit workers and riders throughout Massachusetts fighting for the future of public transit supported by Community Labor United. Visit massclu.org to learn more. 

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