Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition

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VICTORY: YAC WINS #WEEKENDS4STUDENTS!

#YouthPass March for Opportuni(T)!

THURSDAY MAY 8th 3:30pm • Park St Station, Boston MA: BE THERE!!!

The T is a lifeline for youth in Boston. We need a #YouthPass and Affordabili(T) NOW! Are you with us?

help us reach 10,000 signatures demanding protections for students in the upcoming fare hikes and a Youth Pass now!

Tweet .@mbta .@massDOT we demand a $10 #youthpass NOW, not another fare hike! @youthway

and join the #YouthPass SELFIES Project!

Boston Youth Power March Photos!

Click image for photos: On 3/12, over a hundred youth and #youthpass supporters marched to MassDOT and DIED IN to demand protections for youth & a Youth Pass now! Check out the pix!

We call on MBTA General Manager Beverley Scott, MassDOT Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, & the MassDOT Board:

1) to protect students in the upcoming fare hike by exempting student fares from the hike &/or adding weekends into the current M5 $25 Student Pass WEEKENDS: WON!
2) to fulfill their promises by using part of the new State House funding that youth played a key role in securing to increase equity and begin a Youth Pass Pilot by Summer 2014
3) to make the T more affordable for youth riders by creating the “Youth Pass” now!

Want to take part?

We’re calling all youth and youth groups served by the MBTA to join us for the fight to win a Youth Pass!  We need youth and student groups from Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Braintree, Brookline, Canton, Everett, Malden, Medford, Milton, Needham, Randolph, Revere and Watertown.

The YAC commitment is for meetings and actions, to raise awareness, recruit more groups, plan/mobilize/turnout for actions, and support YAC to be youth-led.

We also need support from all those who care about youth and students in the Boston area, including local governments, schools and school departments, teachers, parents, unions, service organizations and more!

Please contact youthway@ace-ej.org to join.

Who are we?

YAC is a coalition of youth organizations, founded by the Youth Way on the MBTA campaign in 2012, working together to win #TransitJustice and a #YouthPass for youth riders on the MBTA. We are the youth riders of Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) and T Riders Union (TRU) of ACE, Chinese Youth Initiative (CYI) of Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) / Youth on Board and the YOUNG Coalition, El Movimiento, Dorchester Bay Youth Force, Bikes Not Bombs, The Food Project, Groundwork Somerville Green Team, Chelsea Creak Action Group (CCAG) Youth, Dorchester Bay Youth Force, and Chelsea Collaborative ECO.

Why are we fighting?

The T is our Opportuni(T)! Youth depend on the T to get to school, work, healthcare, afterschool tutoring, arts, sports, college prep, and more. The T is a lifeline for Boston-area youth. We need a #YouthPass and Affordabili(T) NOW!

The MBTA’s debt comes from the Big Dig and a bad funding formula. It must be fixed by the Governor and Legislature or it will only get worse. Attacking youth and students with fare hikes and cuts is not the solution!

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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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXpZfWX2doU

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!

Contact youthway@ace-ej.org to join today, and check out our facebook & twitter accounts (links at top) to learn more about YAC’s work.

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