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星期四, 1月 28, 2016

華人前進會籲民眾出席公聽會 反對地鐵漲價

By CPA in Boston

Governor Baker Proposes Cuts to MBTA Funding and Fare Hikes
For many in our community, we rely on public transit to get to work, visit family, and see the doctor.  Without it, people without cars would have no other reliable and affordable way of getting to the places we need.  Public transit also plays an important role in creating jobs and reducing car use and greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
When the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the state government body that runs the public transportation system for the Greater Boston region, proposed fare hikes in 2012 that would be more than the double the costs for some riders, we fought hard against the proposal.  We attended and spoke at hearings, signed petitions, and attended rallies.  It worked!  In 2013 Massachusetts passed new legislation that provided $600 million in funding for public transit over the next five years.  In addition, it capped fare increases to 5% every two years.
Now Governor Baker wants to go back against the legislation that was passed.  He is planning to cut $75 million of the funding promised to the MBTA.  Instead of fully funding the MBTA, he plans to cut jobs and service for riders.  By misinterpreting the spirit of the legislation that was passed, he also plans to raise fares over the 5% cap and hit low-income and no-income riders the hardest.  In the proposals released by the MBTA, monthly passes for seniors would increase 10%, monthly bus passes would increase 16-20%, and monthly student passes would increase 23%!

To oppose the cuts in funding to the MBTA and the fare hike proposal, sign the petition at www.ourmbta.org.  You can also have your voice heard on the issue by attending a hearing about the fare hike proposals.  On Tuesday, February 2nd, 5-7PM at the state transportation building at 10 Park Plaza there will be hearing held near Chinatown across from the W Hotel.  You can also call the Chinese Progressive Association at 617-357-4499 for more information.