Thursday, October 4, 2012
Ridership this August is up 1.2 percent versus last August. Analysts had predicted a drop of 5.5 percent because of the higher fares.
Higher fares don't seem to be deterring residents from riding the T. That's one conclusion to draw from numbers released by the MBTA that show overall ridership has risen 1.2 percent this August versus last August. It was on July 1 that the transit agency hiked fares and scaled back some services to close a budget gap. Analysts had expected the changes, which boosted a CharlieCard subway ride from $1.70 to $2, to drive down ridership by 5.5 percent. Instead, ridership dropped only 0.1 percent in July versus July 2011. Then, in August came the 1.2 percent increase. Digging into the August numbers, ridership was up more on some services more than others. For instance, on heavy rail (i.e. the Orange, Red and Blue lines), ridership was up 2.7…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Group holds People's Assembly inside State House.
The sound of “No” echoed through the halls of the State House Wednesday afternoon, as more than 100 protestors affiliated with Occupy Boston gathered at the base of the Grand Staircase to protest the MBTA’s budget plan. The group, which began its rally outside on Beacon Street, declared public transportation a civil right and said that protests at recent MBTA hearings had gone unheard. “[So,] we are creating our own hearing, and we’re having it inside the State House,” said Katie Gradowski. She and Noah McKenna led the rally from the front steps, joined by a giant-sized puppet of “Charlie” bearing a “99%” button. McKenna noted that the day’s Boston rally was part of a national day of action, and he and Gradowski declared that the MBTA was …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The MBTA announced some service cuts and plans to increase fares by 23 percent.
Despite announcing four bus route eliminations on Wednesday, the MBTA spared Stoneham Bus 132, according to the MBTA's plan posted to their website. MBTA fares will rise 23 percent and four bus routes would be cut as part of the MBTA's final plan to close its $161 million budget gap, according to WBZ-TV. Fourteen other bus routes would be modified. Details of the plan are scheduled to be unveiled during a press conference today. If approved, the changes would begin on July 1. Bus fares would rise to $1.50 from $1.25 and a subway ride would jump to $2 from $1.70. Monthly passes would rise from $59 to $70. For students and seniors, bus fares will rise to 75 cents and subway rides will jump to $1. Also, the MBTA would start offering a 7-day …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Would you eliminate or reduce the bus service? Have other cost-saving or efficiency ideas? Let us know by posting a comment below.
After months of public hearings, the MBTA has decided not to move forward with the two scenarios proposing reduced services and fare increases and they will draft a new plan incorporating feedback received from those living in the Boston area, including Stoneham. With that in mind, we'd like to know: What changes (if any) would you make to the MBTA Bus 132 service in Stoneham? Would you eliminate or reduce the bus service? Would you support increased bus fares? Have a cost-saving measure or revenue-generating idea that could help the MBTA close its $161 million budget gap? Let us know by posting a comment below.