Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #56
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Feb 25, 2019 5:30 PM

City Council opposition to MBTA Fare Increase Proposal.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Original Order

Body

WHEREAS:

The MBTA recently released a fare proposal that would increase fares by a systemwide average of 6.3%; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

If adopted, this increase would take effect July 1, 2019; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The MBTA is accepting public comment on the fare proposal at a series of public meetings and online through February 28, 2019; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The MBTA projects that this fare increase, the fourth since 2012, would reduce ridership by 1.3%; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A recent report from INRIX found that Boston has the worst rush-hour congestion of any urban area in the country; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Public transit ridership in Massachusetts must grow in the coming years, as an essential component of both the fights against climate change and against extreme roadway congestion; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An increase in fares would only disincentivize the use of public transit, as increases have been shown to do in the past, and worsen vehicular traffic in the region; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This proposed increase is a regressive funding mechanism that will disproportionately impact lower income residents who especially depend on access to public transit and will be more sensitive to higher costs; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The MBTA must identify progressive funding mechanisms that improve service and conditions within the T without putting an undue burden directly on the T’s ridership and the working/middle class; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record opposing the MBTA fare increase proposal; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the members of the Cambridge delegation, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board and to Governor Baker on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Feb 25, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED