A Healthy T for a Healthy Region
The Healthy T for a Healthy Region report was released on March 14, 2012, at the State House. Download the presentation materials
MAPC conducted a health impacts assessment of the effects of the proposed far increases and service cuts to the MBTA.
Working under difficult fiscal and political constraints, MBTA has proposed two sets of fare increases and service cuts aimed at closing its projected deficit of $161 million.
Under Scenario 1, fares would increase by 43% and service reductions would affect between 34–48 million trips each year. Under Scenario 2, fares would increase by 35% and service reductions would affect between 53-64 million trips each year.
The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) estimated the regional impacts of each proposal on vehicle miles travelled, time spent driving, ridership loss, and air quality. Based on these estimates, our analysis shows that even seemingly modest fare increases and service cuts to the MBTA system would result in costs that far exceed the budget shortfall the proposed changes seek to address.