On March 14, a rally organized by Occupy the MBTA took place outside of the Massachusetts Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza, drawing several hundred people together in protest of the MBTA’s planned service cuts and fare increases. In order to fill a projected $161 million deficit for the next fiscal year, the MBTA had originally floated 2 proposals for SERVICE cuts and fare hikes. These proposals drew widespread outrage from Boston citizens and activists.
Groups attending the rally included – but were not limited to – representatives from Mass Senior Action, the T Riders Union, Occupy Boston and the Chinatown Residents Association.
Following the rally, hundreds of those locked out of the actual meeting engaged in mass ‘mic-checking’ inside the Transportation building. Those particpating declared their intention to converge at the Mass Statehouse on April 4th, and to exercise “the people’s veto” on any MBTA plan that did not meet the needs of their communities.
(Photos 1,2,4,5,6 by David Yu)
(Photos 3,7,8 by Dan Schneider)