Members of the Board thank you for the opportunity to submit comments today.
While return to work plans are still up in the air, ridership on the MBTA seems to be recovering from the recent surge. A welcome sign that the region could be transitioning to a “new normal” soon.
The fare tariff changes under consideration for implementation, if approved, in July 2022 are well-timed to support a return to public transit, address equity concerns, and aid the Commonwealth’s economic recovery. They also show a strong commitment from the MBTA to meet the moment and lay a foundation for future innovation.
A Better City recommends that the Board eventually approve the whole set of proposed changes but urges the Board to go further with respect to low-income fares and to remain open to additional future fare products that cater to new ridership patterns.
Regarding safety, A Better City acknowledges the ongoing implementation of the 2019 Safety Panel Review recommendations; however, three of the four recommendations related to Financial Review are on hold, and we urge this Board to identify “the appropriate level of resources needed to ensure the safe delivery of service ... at the T”.
The Commonwealth’s economic recovery depends on a safe, affordable, equitable, and reliable public transit system. As always, A Better City stands ready to help the MBTA deliver.