Accessibility

Disabled MBTA riders protest fare hikes, cuts

Posted on May 30, 2012

BOSTON — Disabled activists chained their wheelchairs together and blocked traffic at a busy intersection to protest the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) decision to raise fares for The Ride, its service for disabled riders, Newstelegram.com reported.

The fares will double from $2 to $4 for one-way trips, and from $2 to $5 for people who live farther from the city. For the full story, click here.

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