Join the Fight to Save the T!

Buttons poster Draftd 500 01 290x300 Join the Fight to Save the T!On Monday, January 23, transit riders across Boston will join in a series of actions to Save the T.  Occupy Boston activists are encouraged to attend these events to say no to massive fare increases, services cuts, and layoffs!

Save the T March and Rally!
Noon-1 PM at the State House

Join the T Rider’s Union on the steps of the state house at 12 noon for a march to the Park Street T station and then to the Boylston Place (the Alley) entrance to the Transportation Building to say no to these cuts!  Details here:  http://on.fb.me/AcTokY

MBTA Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases and Service Cuts
1-3 PM;  4:30 – 6 PM
Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

Hearings are open to the public, and will outline proposed fare increases and service cuts.  Get there early (or come from the March and Rally), bring your signs, get on stack.  Let the City of Boston know where you stand on cuts and fare increases!

Fight Back against Service Cuts!
6:30 – 8 PM
Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

If you can’t make the noon action, come at 6:30!  Details here:  http://bit.ly/yl5Bvl  and here:  http://on.fb.me/xxZ5Y1.

Why Occupy the T?

In April 2012, the MBTA board will vote on a new round of fare increases and service cuts.  If passed, the MBTA’s proposal will cut over 105 bus routes, double RIDE fares, eliminate all Ferry Routes, eliminate E Branch and Mattapan Trolley weekend service and eliminate Commuter Rail weekend service.

Proposed cuts and fare increases will affect students, seniors, low income riders, T commuters and T workers, and will mean more traffic and air pollution at a time when public policy should be doing everything to encourage more environmentally friendly forms of transportation.

Meanwhile, the MBTA will continue to pay every single penny of its massive debt payments, including on $3.3 billion of Big Dig debt inherited from the state.  Ninety percent of the fares we pay go toward the MBTA’s debt service payments — that’s more than one million dollars per day going from T riders straight to the banks!

Austerity is not the answer – join the T Rider’s Union, Students Against T Cuts, and Occupiers across Boston to say NO to the proposed cuts and increases.

For a full list of hearings, visit:  http://mbta.com/about_the_mbta/public_meetings/.

For an overview of proposed fare and service cuts, visit: http://bit.ly/znwtfu.

For an overview of the MBTA budget crisis, visit: http://mbta.com/uploadedfiles/Documents/Financials/Born_Broke.pdf.