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Ch Ch Ch Changes: Trash, the T, and parking meters

Beginning July 1st, the City of Boston is issuing some changes when it comes to trash, the MBTA and parking meters.

Trash & Recycling

The City of Boston has announced that beginning July 1st, trash and recycling time will be moved up an hour earlier to 6am.

MBTA Rates

Talk about insult to injury….Beginning July 1st, a single ride on the MBTA will be $2.40 (up from $2.15). A monthly LinkPass will cost you $90 (up from $84.50), and commuter rail fares are rising $.15-.75 cents per one way ride. Luckily for bus riders, prices will not change. Same for senior and student pass rates. Just something to think about as you wait, and wait, and wait fro the Red Line. Expect delays to continue this week and through the summer.

Where to Find Elected Officials and Candidates on Monday, July 1st on MBTA

A coalition of activists, riders, and community leaders are coming together to build momentum to fix our deteriorating public transit system. As the fare hikes go into effect on Monday, July 1st, many elected leaders and candidates for office will be at MBTA stations throughout the system to hear directly from riders. Please see below for the list of which elected officials and candidates will stop by which stations during the morning rush hour commute on July 1st. This is a fluid list, which will be updated as we hear from more leaders. Please also note that many other leaders reached out in support of the action, but are unable to join due to prior commitments or scheduled family time given the upcoming holiday week.

RED LINE

  • Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu: Ashmont, JFK/UMass, Park Street
  • Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell: Ashmont
  • Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley: Shawmut (staff)
  • Candidate for Quincy City Council Danielle Kempe: Quincy Center
  • Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn: Broadway
  • Representative Mike Connolly: Central Square
  • Cambridge City Councilor Alanna Mallon: Central Square
  • Cambridge Vice Mayor Jan Devereux: Harvard
  • Cambridge City Councilor Dennis Carlone: Kendall 
  • Cambridge City Councilor Craig Kelly: Porter
  • Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern: Harvard, Central Square, Kendall/MIT (staff)
  • Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone: Davis
  • Candidate for Cambridge City Council Adriane Musgrave: Porter
  • Candidate for Cambridge City Council Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler: Alewife

GREEN LINE

B  TRAINS

  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 9) Liz Breadon: Washington Street
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 9) Brandon Bowser: Harvard Ave
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 9) Amanda Smart: Packards Corner

C  TRAINS

  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 9) Craig Cashman: Cleveland Circle
  • Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez: Summit Ave
  • Representative Tommy Vitolo: Coolidge Corner

D  TRAINS

  • Newton City Councilor Andreae Downs: Eliot
  • Candidate for Newton City Council Alicia Bowman: Newton Centre

B/C/D  TRAINS

  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 8) Hélène Vincent: Kenmore (staff)
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 8) Kenzie Bok: Copley

BLUE LINE 

  • Representative Adrian Madaro: Maverick
  • Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards: Maverick
  • Candidate for Revere City Council (At-Large) Dimple Rana: Revere Beach Station

ORANGE LINE

  • Boston City Councilor Kim Janey: Ruggles (staff)
  • Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz: Forest Hills
  • Representative Liz Malia: Green Street
  • Representative Nika Elugardo: Jackson Square
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (At-Large) Alejandra St. Guillen: Stonybrook
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 5) Alkia Powell: Forest Hills
  • Candidate for Somerville City Councilor (At-Large) Kristen Strezo: Assembly and Sullivan Stations

COMMUTER RAIL

  • Representative Tram Nguyen: Andover Station
  • Representative Maria Robinson: Framingham Station (staff)
  • Representative Andy Vargas: Haverhill Station
  • Representative David LeBoeuf: Worcester Station
  • Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss: Newtonville Station
  • Salem City Councilor Christine Madore: Salem Station
  • Salem City Councilor Lisa Peterson: Salem Station 
  • Wakefield Town Councilor Mehreen Butt: Greenwood Station 
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 5) Ricardo Arroyo: Roslindale Village Station, Hyde Park Station
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 5) Maria Esdale Farrell: Fairmount Station
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 5) Cecily Graham: Morton Street Station
  • Candidate for Boston City Council (District 9) Lee Nave: Boston Landing Station
  • Candidate for Waltham City Council Colleen Bradley Macarthur: Waltham 
  • Candidate for Marlborough City Council (At-Large) Samantha Perlman: Southborough Station

Parking Meters

Parking meter rates will increase across the City of Boston. The revised fees build off what the City learned over its two-year performance parking pilot program in the Back Bay and South Boston.

  • Back Bay: $3.75 per hour
  • Bulfinch Triangle: $2.50 per hour in the area bordered by Causeway Street, Lomasney Way, Staniford Street, Merrimac Street, New Chardon Street, and North Washington Street.
  • Fenway/Kenmore: $2.50 per hour
  • South Boston Waterfront: $3.75 per hour on all City-owned streets, with the exception of D Street, which will be priced at $2.50 per hour.
  • Motorcycle parking: $0.50 per hour at all parking stalls. These include those located on Milk Street, Pearl Street, High Street, Batterymarch Street, Newbury Street, Exeter Street, Gloucester Street, Boylston Street, and Fairfield Street.
  • Parking meter rates in all other metered areas of the City, including Beacon Hill, the Financial District, and the South End, will be set to $2 per hour.

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