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Monday, March 29, 2021

波士頓市長 Kim Janey要求MBTA恢復全面服務 將發放1000張免費查理票

波士頓市代理市長Kim Janey(左三)和"燒酒"餐廳老闆梅沛傑(右二)等
人呼籲麻州交通局(MBTA)恢復全面服務。
          (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓代理市長Kim Janey(29)早和宜居街道聯盟(LiveableStreets Alliance),波士頓本地商家代表人在交通大樓前集會,呼籲麻州交通局(MBTA)董事財政管理及控制委員會通過恢復地鐵、巴士服務方案,以期仰賴公眾交通工具的人們,生活不致受到太大影響。

Kim Janey還宣佈,329日起至419日,將為受新冠病毒打擊最嚴重的5個主街區域的民眾,提供價值60元的免費查理票(Charlie Ticket),幫助他們減輕生活負擔。

麻州交通局鑑於新冠病毒大流行期間,搭乘率大為下降,去年通過,並於今年3月起實施了刪減服務方案,。

波士頓市代理市長Kim Janey表示,MBTA的刪減服務,忽視了波士頓打工人們的需求,以及他們為保持城市運作的犧牲。服務刪減後,巴士及地鐵就更為擁擠,和新冠病毒疫情間人們需要保持安全距離的要求,背道而馳。

Kim Janey宣佈,將推出公共交通試驗計畫,在329日至419日之間,為住在努比亞廣場(Nubian Square),傑克遜廣場(Jackson Square),海德廣場(Hyde Square),以及牙買家平原內的金絲雀廣場(Canary Square),使命丘(Mission Hill),東波士頓(East Boston)和菲爾茲角落(Fields Corner)5個主街區內的雇員,大約1000人,各提供一張已預儲值60元的免費查理卡,以及2個月的藍單車免費套票。

查詢這項目詳情及資格要求,可上市府網站boston.gov/freeride,或者發簡訊free ride 866-396-0122這電話號碼。

在波士頓華埠經營燒酒等餐廳的梅沛傑表示,沒有這些公共交通工具,餐館業工作人員沒法上班,許多顧客也沒法到餐館用餐,恢復地鐵及巴士等公共交通工具服務,對於已被新冠病毒打擊得奄奄一息的餐館業來說,非常重要。

宜居街道聯盟的Stacy Thompson,社區勞工團結(Community Labor United)執行主任Lee Matsueda,社區及環境替代方案(Alternatives for Community & Environment)主任Dwaign Tyndal等人,也都發言表示公共交通工具對人們維持正常生活的重要性,將繼續推動麻州地鐵恢復全面服務。

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES PILOT PROGRAM, OFFERING UP TO $60 PUBLIC TRANSIT CREDIT FOR WORKERS IN FIVE MAIN STREET DISTRICTS

1,000 employees across five Main Street Districts to receive $60 credit towards MBTA and Bluebikes passes

BOSTON - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey has announced that the City of Boston is piloting a new program to offer up to a $60 credit for MBTA and Bluebikes passes for 1,000 employees who work in five Main Street Districts: Three Squares in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Nubian Square, East Boston, and Fields Corner. Registration for the pilot is now active and will end on April 19. All five Main Street districts are served by MBTA subway and Bluebikes stations. To learn more about the pilot or to sign up for the program, please visit: boston.gov/FREEride or text FREEride to 866-396-0122.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many essential workers have continued to utilize public transportation because they have been unable to work from home,” said Mayor Janey. “I’m proud to launch this pilot program with the MBTA and Bluebikes to learn more about the impacts on commuter patterns when the cost of public transit is covered. And as more workers begin in return to workplaces, making transit more accessible is critical to our equitable recovery from the pandemic.”

The goal of the program is to incentivize employees returning to work and workers who currently drive to work to use public transit. With an expected increase in post-COVID-19 traffic, the City of Boston is piloting this incentive program to help alleviate small business districts of congestion and free up curb space for local neighborhood customers. The pilot program also seeks to lessen vehicular traffic to help reduce its environmental impact.  

“We are excited to partner with our local Main Street Districts to pilot free public transit options for those working in Boston’s neighborhoods,” said Transportation Commissioner Greg Rooney. “Creating incentives to use public transit or bike to work options helps our economy, our environment and our local businesses. As more workers plan on restarting their commute, the Boston Transportation Department is committed to exploring creative ways to reduce traffic, carbon emissions and support Boston’s workers.”

The pilot program, which will be managed by the City of Boston Transportation Department, is structured to measure how financial incentives for public transit impact commuting behavior. The program will be phased over the next two months. Of the 1,000 qualified workers, some individuals will be randomly selected to get an MBTA pass with the full $60 credit loaded, and the remainder of the individuals will receive smaller stipends over time, which will end up totaling $60. Bluebikes pass-holders will be able to take unlimited trips during the two-month period. Bluebikes trips must be completed within 45 minutes to avoid usage charges. There is no obligation to continue paying for the Bluebikes pass once the two months are over.

Results from the pilot program will be used to inform the City of Boston’s long-term transportation demand management strategy. The pilot is run through a partnership between the Boston Transportation Department, including its Bluebikes program, Boston Main Street organizations, the MBTA, and the American Cities Climate Challenge

The pilot also coincides with the MBTA’s continued efforts to expand CharlieCard access and to safely welcome riders back to the T. The MBTA cleans and sanitizes every location every 24 hours, cleans high-contact areas every four hours, and has installed hand sanitizer dispensers, disinfectant wipes, and cleaning sprays at stations throughout the system. There is also a systemwide mask mandate on all MBTA vehicles and property.

The City of Boston has been committed to making transit, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements that promote the health, equity, and future of Boston’s communities. This includes installation of new bus lanes on high-ridership corridors and over seven miles of a connected network of protected bike lanes through the Healthy Streets program, which was developed as part of the City’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

Reducing congestion is in adherence with our Go Boston 2030 goals to reduce drive-alone rates in the city and increase the use of public transportation. Less congestion means fewer hours lost to traffic, better commutes, better air quality, and make the most of limited space on our roads

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