LAST FALL, when the MBTA announced it was planning deep cuts to bus, train, ferry ,and commuter rail service, the opposition was swift and virtually unanimous. Riders, workers, elected officials, and employers raised the alarm that T cuts would make it harder for essential workers to get to their jobs, worsen unemployment, disproportionately impact low-income people and communities of color, and take a deep and unnecessary toll on our region’s economic future. Unlikely allies joined in the insistence that T service is simply too important to cut. But the calls to stop cuts and make the T more affordable have not moved the Baker/Polito administration and the T executives under their authority.
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