MA – The following statement has been issued by the Public Transit Public Good coalition on H.3526 An Act Relative to Low Income Transit Fares moving favorably out of committee:
“Our coalition is grateful to see the Joint Transportation Committee has unanimously and favorably advanced the important transit affordability legislation, H.3526 An Act Relative to Low-Income Fares. This urgently-needed bill would help ensure equity and affordability at the MBTA. Today, low-income riders and riders of color pay a larger share of their income toward fares than wealthy residents, and must work long hours to afford to ride. The low-income fare system is a step in the right direction to eradicate this inequitable system. With this bill, Massachusetts legislators have an opportunity to make affordable transit a reality for all riders. We look forward to seeing the House Committee on Ways and Means’ continued leadership on moving this bill forward.
As this legislation advances, the MBTA Board can act now to advance a low-income fare pilot and assist struggling riders. A reduced-fare would save low-income riders an average of almost $500 per year.”
About 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. Community Labor United convenes PTPG. Visit PublicTransitPublicGood.org to learn more.