Dust off your banjos, because “Charlie on the MTA,’’ the old song bemoaning Boston-area transit fares, is timely once again. Facing a fearsome budget deficit of about $185 million for 2013, the cash-strapped MBTA is talking about raising fares and restricting routes. The T’s problems have no easy answer, but freeing the agency from the ballooning costs of The Ride -- the paratransit program for the disabled -- will be a big help. Disabled people need a reliable way to get around, but it’s not reasonable to push those costs on, say, bus riders in Somerville.
Glaeser, Edward L. "MBTA Shouldn’t Be on Board with The Ride." Boston Globe, March 9, 2012.