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Local Politicians Protest '#UnfairHikes' at T Stations

Dozens of politicians took to several MBTA stations to protest the T's increased prices



    MBTA Fare Hikes Take Effect Monday

    Despite ongoing and recent issues with the T, fare hikes for the MBTA are now in effect. (Published Monday, July 1, 2019)

    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:

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