Use Gas Tax Increase To Make MBTA Bus Rides Free, New Boston City Council President Says

The new president of the Boston City Council wants to use a proposed increase in the state’s gasoline tax to make public-transportation bus rides free throughout the city of Boston.

“Let’s find new ways to tackle old problems, like free MBTA buses to increase ridership and improve traffic flow in our city,” said Kim Janey, shortly after being elected to president during a city council meeting Monday, January 6. “… This is a climate justice issue, but it’s also an economic justice issue. Income inequality is a persistent and pervasive problem facing our city, our commonwealth, and our country.”