LivableStreets Warns Against Ballot Question 3

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 01

Got this in the email, I trust Livable Streets For good info, so I would urge you all to take a good look at this. If the public transportation system falls apart that will mean more people in cars…which is bad for bikers. Good public transportation goes together with cycling like peanut butter and chocolate…that is we need both to have a good working system.

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What is Ballot Question 3?

This proposed law would reduce the state sales and use tax rates from 6.25% to 3%.

What does it mean for you?

Passing of Question 3 will mean a dramatic loss of revenue to the MBTA and result in less public transportation service and fare increases. Potential changes include:

  • Fare hikes ranging from $.25 to more than $1 per trip and up to $31 per month for passes
  • Shutting down ferry service completely
  • Closing commuter rail stops
  • Elimination of commuter rail service completely after 7 pm and on weekends
  • Elimination of several B, C and E Green Line stops
  • Elimination of the Mattapan Trolley after 8 pm on weekdays and completely on weekends
  • Reduction of midday weekday subway service by 50%
  • Reduction of weekday evening service by 50% between 8 pm and 12:30 am
  • Dramatically cut The RIDE paratransit service
  • Elimination of 1/3 of current bus routes

Why is this important?

Public transportation is a key ingredient to healthy, vibrant cities. Public transportation moves you quickly and efficiently through the city. Public transportation is vital to those who cannot afford a car or who choose not to drive, and a critical component to our transportation network and an active lifestyle.

LivableStreets is working to improve public transportation in the Boston region to make it safe, affordable, and convenient. The possibilities are great, but not if the funding is cut!

A NO vote would make no change in the state sales and use tax rates.

Read more about what Question 3 means for you…

> MA Election Division, Ballot Question information >>>

> MassPIRG alert >>>

> OnTheMove coalition media advisory >>> (pdf)

> MBTA Advisory Board report >>> (pdf)

> Metro newspaper article >>>
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Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance
E: [email protected]
P: 617.621.1746
W: www.livablestreets.info


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One Response to “LivableStreets Warns Against Ballot Question 3”

  1. By Fenway on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    It’s sad we allow politicians to hold us hostage with threats to cut vital services if we demand tax or spending cuts when everyone knows Beacon Hill is loaded with dead wood. Any politician that makes threats to public services while preserving their personal coat holders deserves the boot.

    Why hasn’t ANYONE campaigned to change the way the MBTA is funded? Wouldn’t it make more sense for the agency to be funded through the gas and excise taxes rather than the sales tax?

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