Your MBTA public meeting schedule – Don’t panic, voice your concerns (Happens Stance)

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With the recent concern over proposed T fair hikes and service cuts (link to Item), these public meetings may should be of interest. It would be devastating for a city the size of Lynn to be without weekend commuter rail service. Not every job is Monday through Friday, 9 – 5pm, and Lynn is already under served for its population and proximity to Boston. But even if you think these proposals are too extreme to succeed, it’s still important to show up, and at least to be seen if not heard. Sometimes, I think regional planners and officials forget there are between 80 and 90,000 people living here. Better connecting a population our size to Boston would benefit the economies of both cities – of the region.

It’s time for Lynners to make some noise.

This link takes you to the full list of public meetings on the MBTA web site, (thanks to SJ for posting it on a related facebook discussion.)

Of the meetings where fare proposals are on the agenda, Salem is the closest:
(UPDATE: Meeting just scheduled for Lynn in February, see below)

January 25, 2012 6:00 – 8:00 PM Fare Proposal, Salem  City Hall Annex 3rd Floor Conference Room 120 Washington Street

For those who work in the evenings or who can’t return to the North Shore by 6pm, there’s an earlier option this day:

January 23, 2012 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 – 6:30 Fare Proposal, Boston Transportation Building Floor 2 Conference Rooms 2, 3 10 Park Plaza, Boston

This just in! The MBTA has added a Lynn meeting, but you can go to any of them or as many of them as you like.

February 7, 2012 6:00 – 8:00 PM Fare Proposal, Lynn

It’s clear that something will have to give, in the form of fare hikes, service, or both. What should also be clear, is that Lynn is not going to be left out.


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