Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Fare Hike on T, here's yet another "we're poor so let's raise the fare on the T" story". Is it me or does it seem like a story like this appears every other year or so, basically giving us a year's warning that in fact, T riding costs are going up.

Let me pose this question. Why haven't they figured out how to get out of the red? This is an annual problem they seem to gripe about so why not look at other ways to save costs WITHOUT sacrificing service as well as raising costs for the tax payers?

Aren't we taxed enough as it is in Massachusetts. Isn't this one of the most expensive places to live in the country? Aren't our parking fees the highest? And oh yea, don't forget about home heating and utility costs. Funny how the T is promoting ridership versus driving due to high gas prices yet, they are complaining that revenues are down.

It's crap like this that makes me want to move out of Taxachusetts.


Anonymous said...

I have to agree that taxes are through the roof these days, and we just barely got the tax free weekend coming up.

I do have to say that many heavily populated cities typically run public transportation costs in the red. With lower fares more people are likely to ride public transportation, which takes commuters off the street. The result is less traffic, less pollution, and less accidents that require police and/or fire/emt response.

My point here is that the state should be able to manage our taxes more efficiently, so that it can subsidize public transportation to a greater extent. In doing so it can save money from the lesser burden on the street infrastructure.

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