HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3278        FILED ON: 2/19/2021

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3526

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Adrian C. Madaro

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to low income transit fares.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Adrian C. Madaro

1st Suffolk

2/19/2021

Steven C. Owens

29th Middlesex

2/26/2021

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

2/26/2021

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

2/26/2021

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

2/26/2021

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

2/26/2021

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

2/26/2021

Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

2/26/2021

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

3/1/2021

Danillo A. Sena

37th Middlesex

3/16/2021

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

3/16/2021

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

4/2/2021

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

6/7/2021

Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk

6/9/2021

Erika Uyterhoeven

27th Middlesex

7/2/2021

Erika Uyterhoeven

27th Middlesex

7/2/2021

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

7/9/2021

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

7/26/2021

Michelle L. Ciccolo

15th Middlesex

7/26/2021

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

7/26/2021

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

7/27/2021

Jon Santiago

9th Suffolk

7/27/2021

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

8/2/2021


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3278        FILED ON: 2/19/2021

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3526

By Mr. Madaro of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3526) of Adrian C. Madaro and others that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority implement a low-income fare program to provide free or discounted transit fares for certain riders.  Transportation.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-Second General Court
(2021-2022)

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An Act relative to low income transit fares.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, in coordination with the secretary of health and human services, shall implement a low-income fare program that provides free or discounted transit fares to qualifying riders on all modes of transportation operated by the authority.

(b) In developing the low-income fare program, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority shall  develop a stakeholder engagement plan and implementation analysis. The engagement plan shall ensure engagement with relevant stakeholders and provide opportunities for public input in geographically-diverse service areas of the authority. The analysis shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of: (i) the number of riders anticipated to benefit from the program; (ii) the average reductions of each fare, by mode; (iii) the overall impact on revenue to the system; (iv) partnership models for determining eligibility requirements and the verification method; and (v) estimated costs associated with the administration and marketing of the program. The implementation analysis shall be filed with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the senate and house committees on ways and means and the joint committee on transportation not later than October 15, 2022.

SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the regional transit authority council established in section 27 of chapter 161B of the General Laws, in coordination with the secretary of health and human services, may provide each regional transit authority with assistance to implement a low-income fare program that provides free or discounted transit fares to qualifying riders on all modes of transportation operated by each authority.

(b) In developing the low-income fare program, each regional transit authority shall develop a stakeholder engagement plan and an implementation analysis. The engagement plan shall ensure engagement with relevant stakeholders and provide opportunities for public input in geographically-diverse service areas of the authority. The analysis shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of: (i) the number of riders anticipated to benefit from the program; (ii) the average reduction of each fare, by mode; (iii) the overall impact on revenue to the system;  (iv) partnership models for determining eligibility requirements and the verification method; (v) any estimated costs associated with the administration and marketing of the program; and (vi) consideration of a no-fare option if that would be cheaper to implement than a means-tested fare program.