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One of the biggest topics that any agency or advocate can tackle in this day and age is that of equity, especially when it comes to the world of public transportation. How do we even the playing field for every passenger, every line, and every neighborhood? This is a subject that we here at the Association has been talking about for some time.
Our friends at TransitMatters have broached the topic in their Regional Rail plan with a fare integration policy that makes the entire MBTA system more accessible to the low- and moderate- income residents who are only served by the much more expensive commuter rail.
Photo Credit: TransitMatters
In their report, they point out that this model has already been used by the MBTA:
The success of this concept is evident on the Fairmount Line, where ridership has tripled since 2012 after most of its stations were placed into Zone 1A, which lets users ride for the same fare as the subway.
This article first appeared on www.railpassengers.org
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