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February 02, 2013


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Chris VanHaight

Another reason the Ride is vulnerable to budget-cutters is that like so many other public services it is primarily used by the poor or lower-middle class who lack political clout. Upper income elderly would simply take a taxi or even hire a car service to take them where they want to go and then wonder why the "moochers" get a "free" ride.

Robert David Sullivan

True, though I've come across a couple of upper-income elderly people who use The Ride as an alternative to taxis. (You don't have to be poor to be cheap!) I do think the "moochers" perception is more prevalent outside of the MBTA service area, where people don't want to pay for Boston's public transit at all.

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