It’s old news that the beloved (okay, not so much) Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has gotten itself into a pile of debt. Though the American Public Transportation Association announced Sunday that public transportation ridership surged in the first quarter of 2012, the T tumbles into more debt. Really, those trolleys tumble, and rumble, and mostly break down. I can attest to this as a frequenter of both the E and B-Lines, crammed tight with college kids acing fare evasion.
Never fear. The MBTA has a solution: no more fares on the Silver Line coming from Logan Airport.
You get a free fare! And you get a free fare! And you!
Wednesday marks the start of a 90-day pilot project to promote public transportation. Sound expensive? Massport will cut a check for $100,000 a month.
So just in case those wealthy enough to fly in this economy don’t have roughly $2 after dishing out hundreds for airfare, the MBTA’s got them covered.
The pilot is part of an effort to cut back on the number of single-occupancy cars headed to Logan, says Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey. For environmental and economic reasons, the state wants to see more people using public transportation.
So while you struggle to pay for that monthly pass, find comfort in the T’s low cost somewhere you’ll rarely be.