MBTA advocates to hold 24-hour protest on state house steps

Transportation advocates upset about an upcoming vote to raise fares and cut service on the MBTA are planning a 24-hour vigil on the front steps of the State House.

Members from the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition, Massachusetts Senior Action Council and T Riders Union are planning on having an overnight protest outside of the Beacon Hill building.

The day-long vigil will begin at 11 a.m. and stretch to 11 a.m. Wednesday, just hours before MBTA officials are scheduled to discuss and vote on a proposal to spike fares by roughly 23 percent.

According to a press release, the groups are calling on Governor Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray to intervene before the MassDOT Board makes its final vote Wednesday.

“We are calling on State House officials to cover the MBTA’s remaining $91 million deficit to stave off devastating fare hikes and service cuts, giving time for the legislature to reconfigure transportation funding next year,” according to the press release.

Schedule of events:

24-hour “Opportuni(T) / Mobili(T) Vigil”
All events will take place in front of the State House steps

11 a.m. Press conference
12:30 p.m. Transportation Justice teach-in
with guest speakers
2 p.m. Youth and Elder Justice teach-in
with members of YAC and MSAC
4 p.m. Opportuni(T) / Mobili(T) speak-out
with youth riders from across the MBTA service area
5 p.m. – 11 a.m. Opportuni(T) / Mobili(T) vigil
Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning


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