MBTA bus, subway, and train riders are paying too much for inadequate service, and a fare hike would drive users from the system, commuters and public transit advocates said yesterday.
Dennis DiZoglio, the MBTA's deputy general manager for development, said studies showed that overall ridership could dip as much as 6 percent if the fare increase goes forward.
But he said the alternative would be cuts in bus routes and subway service and deferred maintenance on the system, because the agency has been required by the Legislature to have a balanced budget since 2000.
Legislators - please correct this! Public Transportation is a crucial part of the public infrastructure. It should not be forced to "sink or swim" based on its ability to break even!