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Massachusetts senator, congresswoman push for fare-free MBTA during Orange Line shutdown

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Sen. Edward Markey are calling on the MBTA to make its entire subway and bus system fare-free during the 30-day Orange Line shutdown, which is set to commence on Aug. 19.

Pressley and Markey mentioned a legislative push they re-introduced last year, with Boston Mayor and then-City Councilor Michelle Wu, to establish public transportation as a fare-free service, citing the anticipated burden this month’s subway shutdown will have on low-income riders, people of color, and those with disabilities.

“The Baker administration and the MBTA’s decision to shut down the entirety of the Orange Line for an entire month is devastating, especially for the Black, brown, disabled, low-income, and other marginalized communities who depend on the Orange Line to get to work, school, the grocery store, and access other critical services,” the Thursday statement said.

“This disruptive decision is yet another consequence of the historic underinvestment and mismanagement of the T, and it is shameful for the first public transportation system in the country to be forced into decisions like this. Riders should not be forced to carry the burden.”

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