Ardent Eden

Ardent Eden is a place to explore my thoughts about the interdependence of life - humanity and nature - and to engage with others for collective problem-solving.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Break for Action

Before getting started on the day's moving-related tasks, I took a few minutes to fill out some post cards that the Massachusetts chapter of the Sierra Club sent to me yesterday. I'll send the cards to my representative in the state house and senate letting them know that I oppose the fare hike currently being considered for Boston's subway and bus system. Among other things, the proposed increase would increase subway fares from $1.25 to $1.70. More information on the fare increase can be found here. With the prospects of peak oil and global warming upon us, we need to do all we can to promote public transportation.

The post cards remind state legislators of a couple of key facts:

(1) "With gas prices high we should be doing all we can to encourage people to use fuel efficient transit, not setting up more economic roadblocks for riders."

(2) "There is a real concern that fare hikes without additional state assistance is not enough. We are seeing a downward spiral of reduced revenues that lead to higher fares that lead to reduced ridership that lead to reduced revenues requiring higher fares."

If you're in Massachusetts and you want to let your legislators know that you oppose these fare hikes, you can send postcards, find out about MBTA hearings, and email the MBTA from the Sierra Club's site here. If you're elsewhere, finding out more about what you can do to support public transportation in your local area is worth your time.

3 Comments:

  • At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Meira said…

    Hey-- came over via Not So Virtual Homestead and just wanted to say welcome to Philly! Once you get settled in, I can give you links to a bunch of locals . . . ;o)

     
  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger funwithyourfood said…

    Hi again
    hope the moves going well!

    Teddy

     
  • At 1:25 AM, Anonymous green LA girl said…

    I believe Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus is considering a similar hike -- I'll do the same as you :) Thanks for the inspiration!

     

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