The T is a lifeline for youth in Boston. We need a #YouthPass and Affordabili(T) NOW! Are you with us?
Join the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC)!
The power of YAC and Youth Way on the MBTA lies fully in the energy and dedication of our youth members and in its youth-led philosophy – and we couldn’t ask for more amazing youth to lead this fight! THANK YOU to all of the youth who have made 2013 such a huge success!
The YAC Story
The Youth Way on the MBTA campaign formed YAC in January 2012 in response to the MBTA’s proposal to raise fares and cut service. With more than 20 participating groups, we called on State House leaders to fix the MBTA funding crisis and Big Dig Debt. YAC got the word out to tens of thousands of youth, testified at tons of public hearings, held 15 creative actions, led the “March for Opportuni(T)” with over 700 youth, and joined with riders and seniors to hold the “Opportuni(T)/Mobili(T) 24-hour Vigil.” As a result of our work and the work of our partners, the fare hikes were drastically reduced, the Governor stepped up with over $60 million in one-time funding, and the Legislature committed to work on transportation funding in the 2013 session.
In 2013, YAC came back to fight another round of MBTA hikes & cuts – and won! Together we put in thousands of calls to the State House; joined the Green Justice Coalition’s Public Transit Public Good campaign (and filed legislation for a Youth Pass, increased transportation funding, equitable fares, and rider input on transit decisions statewide); held public actions; and debuted the Equi(T) Superhero League! In June we launched a citywide Listening Tour to hear about youth transit justice issues & engage young people in our fight, and in July we met with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott to continue our work on winning a #YouthPass! So far this year, we have won:
- Over $500 million in new funding for transportation in Massachusetts
- Rider votes on ALL transit authority boards statewide
- 5% bi-annual fare hike cap on all transit systems in MA (no more threats of 200% hikes!)
- Mandatory Community Service Assessments for all transit authorities in MA
- Monthly meetings with MBTA General Manager Scott to create a road map to the Youth Pass!
And We’re Not Even Done!
Stay tuned for what’s ahead – because the upcoming year is going to be BIGGER, BETTER, MORE POWERFUL, AND MORE EXCITING THAN EVER!
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Youth Way on the MBTA is a campaign for youth transit justice launched in June 2007. We have a right to public transit we can afford, quality service, safety and respect on the MBTA.