MBTA-An Important Cause
by The Milton Measure on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Throughout the world, billions of people use public transportation to get from one location to another. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2009 Boston ranked fourth among U.S. cities that use public transportation to commute to work every day.
However, this year’s cuts to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (M.B.T.A.) budget are threatening the very mode of transit on which most Bostonians rely. The M.B.T.A., with its new budget of $161 million, must reduce spending this coming year. So far, policymakers have proposed two solutions for public discussion: either increase fares by 43% and remove 60 bus stops, or increase fares by only 35% and cut 200 bus stops, while reducing the length of 11 additional routes.
The problem does not lie in the M.B.T.A.’s decision to hike fares, but in the emphasis it places on cutting routes, any of which are vital for commuters and residents alike. In its proposals, the M.B.T.A. has failed to consider the people affected by restricted access to public transportation. Reducing service so drastically will severely inconvenience those who cannot afford private transport; though Boston is known for its biking, many distances cannot be traveled efficiently without faster means. In particular, eliminating the Mattapan line hurts those living in Milton and Mattapan, including members of the Milton Academy community. Many Milton Academy boarders use public transportation during the weekend to visit Boston.
A few hours spent on fighting the poor options the M.B.T.A. has proposed could save Milton students hundreds of hours and hundreds of dollars. Before the M.B.T.A .produces a finalized budget on July 1st, I encourage all of you in the Milton Community, whether you are a student or a faculty member, to voice your opposition to the M.B.T.A.’s proposal.
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