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Maura Healey Open To Making The MBTA Fare-Free

June 20, 2022

Should it be fare-free to ride the MBTA?

Massachusetts attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey’s campaign team says that she’s open to the idea.

“Absolutely open to reduced fare or no fare options on targeted lines … particularly in this moment of economic pain,” her campaign told Politico.

Healey’s campaign did not announce a definite position, however.

Healey’s Democratic primary opponent, state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain), also wants to make the MBTA fare-free.

The issues page on the web site for Chang-Diaz says that she wants to “Decarbonize, expand, and make fare-free public transit to reduce fossil fuel emissions and build a 21st century transit system to connect communities across our state.”

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates public-transit subway trains and buses in the Boston area.


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