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Are Bake Sales for Transit Next?

Transit ridership is at its highest level in half a century, Lena Sun wrote in today's Post.

Meanwhile, transit systems across the country are having money trouble, and they're either raising fares or cutting back service, or both.

You know about Metro's troubles. Are we going to take a hit on train and bus service? Are we going to start paying for weekend parking at the Metro lots and garages?

Well, the Grid Spouse, who thinks she's a New Englander, just pointed out to me this article on Boston.com, as an illustration that we're not alone. The article is titled, "Bake sale scheduled for the MBTA," and describes a symbolic fundraising effort for Boston's "T", which is $8 billion in debt. (Our Metro's operating budget gap is down to $28.8 million, which sounds like chump change by comparison.)

Note the reader comments below the article. They resemble some of the things you say about Metro. To illustrate: "The T only has 2 problems -- the people who work there and the people who ride it."

[And for bonus points, why does the first commenter ask if The Kingston Trio is going to be there?]

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By Robert Thomson  |  March 9, 2009; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  transit  
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Comments

Kingston Trio did a song about the T back in the 50s about a guy trapped on the Green Line subway streetcars; it's now remembered by the "Charlie Cards" that replaced T tokens a few years back.

Maybe they would sing at the 'bake sale' to help raise money for the T.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | March 9, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Here's the whole story of Charlie and the MTA:
http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=1167

Posted by: wondering27 | March 9, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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