With the newest hikes, the T's really going to lose the remainder of my business. The T, months ago, begged the legislature for funds. It said that they needed $160 million to avoid major cuts to services and fee hikes. The legislature gave them $160 million. What do they do? Raise fees anyway. Why the hell should I support an organization like that?
A year ago, it was about $3 for a round trip and another $3 to park. Now it's $5 to park and $4-5 dollars round trip. That's almost a 50% increase in a year. Does the T actually want users?
Furthermore, why should the legislature ever trust the MBTA again? It took a big risk to help solve, or at least put off, the MBTA's money problems -- and this was how they were rewarded? It's not in good faith, that's for sure.
This decision by the T will hurt them in the long run. They're less likely to get help from the legislature, and they're going to lose thousands of riders -- and millions of dollars. It's time for a New Charlie in Charge over at the MBTA.