The "Fast Five's" presence and activities proved disruptive to MBTA leaders who insist on fare hikes and service cuts.
Mbta Fare Hikes
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The team of 'superheroes' that took over yesterday's MBTA meeting also sent us this dispatch with their perspective on the meeting and MBTA budget crisis.
Article, info, and photos provided by Alternatives For Community And Environment, the community organization behind the Fast Five: With the release of the final MBTA fare increase and service cuts proposal looming, 100 riders took over the T Finance Committee meeting today, led by the Fast Five superheroes. “Thousands of riders have spoken against fare hikes and service cuts, yet the board, governor and Legislature have refused to take this burden off riders,” said Massport Hero. “It’s time for us, as riders and superheroes, to step in and pass immediate solutions to save the T.” Each hero represents an immediate solution to fill the T's budget deficit, an estimated total of $224.6 million in revenue from sources like surplus snow removal …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The 'Fast Five,' a project of the T Riders Union in which members dress up as superheroes representing MBTA debt solutions, will be attending today's public MBTA Finance Committee meeting.
The Fast Five have attended multiple MBTA meetings in colorful garb, and today they're going to try and "take back our public transit system" during an open MBTA Finance Committee meeting with their proposals, which are matched 1-1 with each "superheroes'" identity. The meeting will be at today at 11 a.m. at 10 Park Plaza in Boston in the MBTA Boardroom on the third floor, and all are welcome to attend. For those who can't make it, here's a rundown on the Fast Five and what they represent, from their website: Snow Removal Man seeks to "Transfer MassDOT's snow removal funds to the MBTA, as a mild winter has left much of the money unused." MBCR Rock Star recommends we "Hold MBCR accountable for service!," since "in the past two years, …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In the wake of the Occupy Boston movement and the MBTA's announcement of service cuts and fare increases, "Occupy The T" has emerged to add to the discussion. Do you agree with their assessment of things?
Recently the group "Occupy The T" held its first meeting, and, according to an article in The Boston Occupier, activists, organizers, and community members there painted a picture of the options the MBTA has to eliminate its debt different from the two scenarios the MBTA has presented. At the meeting, "Attendees stressed the importance of rejecting the state’s claim that there is no alternative to the two proposed regimes of cuts and fare hikes," writer Doug Greene said. He added, "Instead of deciding between the MBTA’s two proposed plans, 'Occupy the T' hopes to expose the role of for-profit financial institutions in creating and perpetuating the MBTA’s budget crisis. Several present argued that the banks should cancel the T’s debt …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Changes are afoot at the MBTA, but will they lead to changes of your own? Let us know.
The MBTA's looming $161 million dollar budget deficit is generating a budget crackdown, and Beacon Hillers are not just in for a fare hike, but a loss of bus service as well. Patch has an article covering the details as they affect the Hill, but we want to know what you think. Will you soldier on regardless of fare hikes, even if they go to the proposed highest amount for Charlie Card holders, which is $2.40 for a subway ride? Do you feel that the loss of the 43 and 55 busses is literally going to leave you out in the cold? Vote in our poll and elaborate in the comments. Let us know if this is an issue you care about.