MBTA recommends fare rollback for The RIDE

There has been a 18 percent decrease in RIDE customers since June 1, when fares more than doubled for people with disabilities. Credit: Getty Images
There has been an 18 percent decrease in RIDE customers since June 1, when fares more than doubled for people with disabilities. Credit: Getty Images

Advocates for seniors and people with disabilities are pleased about the MBTA’s recommendation to scale back fares from $4 to $3 for The RIDE, the door-to-door transit service.

The Massachusetts Senior Action Council, along with other advocacy groups like the Boston Center for Independent Living and the Public Transit – Public Good Campaign, has been working for more than two years to get the price for the travel services lowered.

In a joint statement released Tuesday, the MBTA and the MSAC said this was a vital step forward in the mission for transit equality. However, they say the job is not done.

“The MBTA’s decision to recommend that the MassDOT Board vote on Dec.11, 2013 to reduce RIDE ADA fares from $4 to $3 is a positive and significant step to mitigate the impact of the July 1, 2012 fare increase,” the statement reads, adding that the various advocacy groups will “continue to work collaboratively towards long-term solutions that address the affordability and sustainability of the RIDE service, including examination of means-testing to create a tiered fare structure and examination of approaches to meet the transportation needs of RIDE customers at all income levels.”

In July 2012, fares for The RIDE were increased from $2 to $4, restricting many elderly and disabled individuals from leaving their homes on a daily basis. Groups protested the fare increases in a variety of ways, including blocking traffic in front of the State House by sitting in wheelchairs in the middle of Beacon Street, Metro previously reported.

Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.