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Boston—Senator Barrios, Rep. Wolf and Rep. Sciortino, transit advocacy groups, and T riders called on the state to address the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s (MBTA) financial problems today at a public hearing before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation that is considering a bill to relieve over half of the authority’s debt.

The legislation, jointly sponsored by Representatives Carl Sciortino, Alice Wolf and Senator Jarrett Barrios, calls for the state to accept $2.9 billion of the T's $5.2 billion debt ($8.1 billion when interest is included). The intent of the legislation is to free up T funding so the agency can address service improvements and prevent future high fare increases.

The MBTA is the largest transit authority in Massachusetts and the fifth largest authority in the country. The system averages 1.1 million trips every workday, which comprises about 90% of public transportation use in the state. The commuter rail system extends from Haverhill and Newburyport on the North Shore, down to Rhode Island in the South, and reaches from Boston out to Worcester.



This past Saturday, Senator Barrios, along with WalkBoston, organized an urban walk along a corridor of potential development including riverfront pedestrian ways, providing a regional system between the Charles and Mystic Rivers and New Hampshire as part of the East Coast Greenway.  In attendance were representatives of the MBTA, the City of Somerville, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.   The purpose of the walk was to see first hand how the development of Sullivan and Assembly Squares were going to improve pedestrian, bicycle access to the Mystic River and the parks along the river.

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