MA: Disabled riders protest rate hike

Blind, disabled and elderly mass transit riders lashed out Monday at what they called unfair and disproportionate fare hikes, saying the increases could prevent many people from getting to work, buying food or visiting their doctors.

About a dozen activists, including several in wheelchairs, staged a memorial at the Mass. Statehouse for what they said was the loss of affordable public transit service and their own freedom to get around.

Under the new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority fare structure that went into effect on Sunday, fares for The Ride, the MBTA's door-to-door service for people with disabilities, increased 100 percent, from $2 to $4. The average fare increase for all other services, including buses, subways and commuter trains, was 23 percent.

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