T needs help to get healthy

April 27, 2007
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The Transportation Finance Commission released a report in March telling us what we already know—the MBTA has a massive $9 billion debt problem. So what are our elected officials doing?

State Rep. Liz Malia of Jamaica Plain, for one, is taking action. She joined the T Riders Union in the rain last week in front of the State House to highlight the T’s poor service and the cycle of fare increases. Also she’s a co-sponsor of legislation to fix the MBTA’s finances (HR 3694).

Now the MBTA is talking about raising fares again. JP residents who care about affordable and reliable public transit need to ask state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and even Gov. Deval Patrick to take a stand. We all deserve a healthy T that gets us to where we live, work and play.

Lee H. Matsueda
Jamaica Plain