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Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu To Rally For A #BostonTParty

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu is spearheading a “#BostonTParty” to protest coming fare hikes on the MBTA. The rally comes after two recent train derailments, within several days of each other, renewed focus on the T’s performance.

Michelle Wu to protest MBTA fare hikes with volunteers at T stations

City Councilor Michelle Wu announced plans to protest the upcoming MBTA fare hike on the first day the higher rates are slated to go into effect, after a Red Line derailment created havoc for riders last week and continues to cause residual delays. Wu said Thursday in a series of tweets that she hopes to have volunteers at every station and on the trains during the morning commute on Monday, July 1, to “rally our ridership & empower every commuter to push for solutions to fix the T.”

Wu plans to press fare issue in July 1 system-wide canvass

Leaning into the political potential of MBTA rider outrage, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu plans to organize volunteers to canvass straphangers on July 1, the day a roughly 6 percent fare hike takes effect. The at-large councilor, who opposes the upcoming fare hike and has suggested making the whole T free to ride, hopes to engage commuters during the July 1 morning rush hour in a discussion about how to make transit more affordable and reliable.

Wu: MIT study backs push on cut in MBTA fares for low-income riders

Activists are urging MBTA officials to work toward a fare subsidy for low-income riders, saying rising transit costs are forcing too many riders to choose between traveling to jobs and medical appointments or buying food. At an MBTA board meeting on Monday, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and others pointed to a MIT study showing that low-income riders who received a subsidy took more MBTA trips, including trips for health care and social services, than those who used a non-subsidized CharlieCard.

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