A Red Line train derailed. We need to fix & free the T

A Red Line train derailed. We need to fix & free the T

A Red Line train derailed today.  No one was hospitalized but 60 people had to be evacuated when the train came off the tracks just outside the JFK/UMass station.  And huge delays have erupted across the MBTA system as a result.  You might have been late to work or stuck on a platform. We spent $15 Billion on the Big Dig because traffic was bad downtown, but it hasn’t fixed the problem. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts legislature still hasn't passed the Fair Share Amendment to tax incomes above $1 million per year and use the funding to fix the T.

Why the difference in the response?  There’s a lot of reasons but one is who the different projects benefit most:

Photo Credit: (Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff)

Fossil-fuel companies lobby for more spending on highways because they know they’ll lead to more driving, which will help their bottom-line (they lobby against public transit for the same reason).  And of course, they have the ear of elected officials because they make sure campaign donations keep coming in (I don't take any money from fossil fuel companies or their lobbyists).  

We have an urgent need to fix public transit, and I support our legislature passing the Fair Share amendment as soon as possible.  But we need to do more.

That’s why I’m running for Cambridge City Council.

I'm pushing for a Cambridge Green New Deal to increase funding to the MBTA and make buses and subways free for all Cambridge residents by 2025.  Making buses and subways free isn’t a lofty campaign promise, it’s a real goal we can achieve in the next few years with enough political will. And we’re standing besides folks like Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu who have also called for making public transit free.    

I'm running a grassroots campaign that relies on small dollar donors and so I need your help to make this a reality.

Can you chip in to support my campaign to help us fix the T and make buses and subways free for Cambridge residents?

Public transit most impacts young and low-income folks and people of color, who are disproportionately likely to use it to get around because they can’t afford a car or parking spot.  These groups are underrepresented at all levels of government.  But it’s not just these folks that benefit from public transit—better buses and subways benefit all of us by reducing traffic and car emissions.   

Fossil fuel boosters have money, but we have people.  For better transit, we have to mobilize to get our voices get into the halls of power.  It’s time to fund and fix public transit. 

Can you chip in today to fix and fund public transit as part of a Cambridge Green New Deal?

We can do fix and fund public transit, but we can’t do it alone.  Are you in?

Sign up to volunteer.

 

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler