“For a public agency responsible for moving thousands of people every day to not communicate about this is unacceptable,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a public transportation advocacy group. “They’ve already cut service so much that any further cuts dramatically impact a person’s ability to get where they need to go.”Read more
“It’s entirely reasonable for a transit system to have various slow zones throughout the year. It’s common to do repairs,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance. “The reason it’s become a thing is because the T isn’t transparent about why.”Read more
“This is an incredibly significant accomplishment,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance. “The kinds of things that people like me think about as no-brainer fixes — this is the kind of bill that will save lives, and that’s not hyperbolic. It both will protect the most vulnerable people on our roadways and also will give the state better data.”Read more
“I think the real question is, was the T transparent about the derailment when they had the information later on?” Thompson said.Read more
“Planning for something like this is a good thing, they’re probably looking at a pretty extensive slate of repair projects and haven’t figured out the mechanics of how they’re going to do it,” Thompson said.Read more
“Without a low-income fare, you’re just penalizing people because they can’t pay,” said Catherine Gleason of the alliance.Read more
MBTA board approves new fare evasion regulations and a revised bus map to increase service around Boston
“We really want the MBTA to implement a reduced fare program,” said Catherine Gleason, program and policy coordinator at LivableStreets Alliance. She added that an evasion penalty system could disproportionately impact low-income riders, without the balance of lower-cost options.Read more
Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson shared their thoughts on MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak’s upcoming departure, and other transit headlines. Aloisi is a former transportation secretary, a member of the Transit Matters Board, and contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. Thompson is executive director of Livable Streets Alliance.Read more
But Stacy Thompson, LivableStreets executive director, said her personal preference would be to stick with someone local.
“I wouldn’t write someone off who isn’t from the Boston area, but it’s valuable to have someone who knows people and who people respect,” she said.
She would like to see the next governor look at candidates with prior knowledge of the system, who weren’t there “when problems were going on, but still understand the MBTA.”Read more
“He took a job that no one wanted, and he stepped into already tough circumstances,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of Livable Streets. “The problems with the T are problems that the governor and the Legislature created long before Steve stepped into that job.”Read more