Numerous politicians rode trains and talked with commuters to voice their opposition to the MBTA’s fare hike that took effect on Monday.
The roughly 6% increase comes after the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted in March to approve the boost. As of Monday, a single ride on an MBTA subway will cost $2.40 and a Monthly LinkPass will set passengers back $90.
The fare increase has not been received well amid recent issues with the T. In the month of June alone, a Red Line and a Green Line train derailed in separate incidents, cables arced at a Blue Line station and a wire problem on a Green Line train caused delays.
Dozens of elected officials, candidates and their teams participated in a protest staged at various MBTA stations. Participants spoke with commuters and handed out fliers with information on the fare hikes.
Several local officials called for improvements on the T and shared stories from actual commuters impacted by the MBTA's recent woes. They shared their stories on Twitter using the hashtag #UnfairHikes: