If you had the chance to sit down with T officials and tell them how the public transportation system could be improved, what would you say?
“I would ask for later services,” said 28-year-old Jonathan Davey, a regular transit rider. “No one wants to go home at 2 a.m. and pay $30 for a cab ride.”
MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey is giving riders a chance to voice those opinions and more as the MBTA searches for new members for its Rider Oversight Committee.
Formed in 2004, the group is tasked with giving input to T leaders about issues on Boston’s buses and trains.
For the first time since 2008, the committee needs two fresh faces to fill alternate seats, said Davey.
“We are looking for [people] who use the T and use it often ... and someone who may have constructive ideas on how to improve both short- and long-term [issues],” said Davey.
The group meets monthly and conducts some internal committee work, he said.
“We are talking about the potential for fare increases and service cuts so it’s an important moment to engage our riders,” said Davey, adding that the committee is looking for applicants who have general managment or finance skills.
The deadline for applications is Dec. 7, and if you’re not picked, the T will keep you on file.
Whitney Sanger, 25, said she wouldn’t rule out submitting an application.
“I’d like to see Red Line trains come on time every day,” she said.
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