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There are 3 comments on Coming Soon: Waving Your Phone to Ride on the MBTA

  1. A costly solution that would be unnecessary if public transportation was made fare-free and paid by taxes. This would be both highly cost-effective and fair, since those who take public transportation are doing a favor to the community at large, by foregoing the use of cars and thus reducing traffic and air pollution.

  2. I think this is a terrific development. I have been riding the T for practically no cost whatsoever since I am a “disabled” retiree and I almost always am allowed to get on in the back. So why do I say that? Because, although the term “scofflaw” is distasteful to me, I haven’t felt good about riding for free . There’s going to be little difference in real cost before and after the new system is put in place but I think it’s only fitting that I should pay my way.

  3. I agree with the point about how we shouldn’t need to pay for a service of such poor quality. Considering how the trains are decades old and can sometimes be slower than walking (and are consistently slower than biking), it’s not worth anywhere near $2.40. Especially when people are subject to random delays, express trains, and service pauses. Last winter, on a night with below freezing temperatures, we were randomly told to get off (on the street level). The next train was in twenty minutes so I walked home instead (two stops) because it was faster. The MBTA has had plenty of money to work with; it’s the mismanagement and embezzlement that has inflated the costs, and that shouldn’t fall on riders. Imagine how much lower it would be if inspections weren’t forged and they weren’t subject to lawsuits or investigations by the FBI.

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