Disabled transit riders protest fare hike
BOSTON (AP) -- Disabled MBTA riders are protesting new fare increases.
Wheelchair users and other disabled people staged what they called a "memorial" at the Statehouse on Monday for the loss of affordable transit service. Fares for The Ride, the Boston-area transit system's door-to-door service for people with disabilities, doubled on Sunday from $2 to $4.
Other fares increased an average 23 percent under the T's first fare hike in five years.
Meanwhile, state Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey said the first commuting day under the higher fare structure went smoothly, with no major problems reported.
The MBTA says a "glitch" with the T's corporate pass program, which caused problems for some riders trying to transfer from commuter rail to buses or subways, appeared unrelated to the fare hike.