MBTA costs are planned to rise and service will be cut. Wednesday night, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray was in Duxbury and answered the most prominent question: Why?
“We are still paying for the Big Dig debt. The T is a huge issue.”
The MBTA attempts to fill their $161 million budget gap for fiscal year 2013 by proposing two scenarios, both would eliminate commuter rail service on weekends and weekdays after 10 p.m. T riders may even have to pay double for a one-way CharlieCard, which now costs $2 but may raise to $4.50.
Duxbury resident Richard Prone expressed concern to the Lieutenant Governor that the South Shore commuter rail will become a ghost town, “I believe that the T is going for a 43% fee increase which is unconscionable and basically they’re going to lose more riders.”
Murray explained to the Duxbury crowd there will be 20 public hearings across the state to include the community and discuss the proposals. According to Murray, fare has not increased in five years and MBTA costs are lower than other transit systems in the country.
With license renewal quickly approaching, Pilgrim Watch supporters questioned Murray about community safety in reference to the Plymouth nuclear plant.
He reassured residents that the state is currently working towards preventing a Fukushima disaster at home, “Governor has asked the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to work closely with the congressional delegation to try and bring as much pressure to ensure safety and make sure that we’re doing everything we can to push regulators.”
Pilgrim Watch leader Mary Lampert told the Lieutenant Governor his camp never responded to a request for a combined meeting with the major players like MEMA. Lampert believes relicensing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant should be held off until health and safety problems are fixed.
(Lt. Governor Tim Murray)
(State Rep. Tom Calter)