transportation system is facing immense challenges, with insufficient revenue, aging infrastructure,
and financial uncertainty. Public transit is particularly affected, with recent fare increases
and service cuts on the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. These changes are
of concern to environmental justice communities because transit-dependent riders need
affordable and reliable public transportation.
At the end of the 2011-2013 legislative session, Governor Deval Patrick
characterized comprehensive transportation funding as a top priority for next
year. Speakers will discuss their perspectives on past and upcoming
legislative efforts to address transportation funding and infrastructure
concerns and present and future non-profit and grassroots campaigns to achieve
transit justice. Speakers will also highlight pro bono opportunities for
lawyers to assist non-profit organizations and transportation coalitions
supporting transit-dependent communities.