On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston that came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice. Our core constituency is Greater Boston’s low income communities and communities of color, with a focus on regional transportation and smart growth. We want to express our opposition to the MBTA’s proposal and urge the board not to approve it.
Prior to and since the MBTA released its two proposals to close the FY 13 budget gap, OTM coalition members and partners have worked effectively at both the grassroots and policy levels to offer community and rider-driven proposals as healthier, more sustainable, and more responsible alternatives. We have seen and been moved by the testimony of thousands of riders who expressed their deep opposition to the T’s proposals, and we have been grateful for the opportunity to engage in the public process and are inspired by those who took action. Working with our member groups and our core constituency, we have proposed ideas that raise critical short-term revenues for fiscal 2013. From the Fast Five superheroes headquartered at the T Riders Union, to the drafting of pioneering bills like the Transportation Economic Development and Recovery Act (TEDRA) by MASSPIRG and others, to the active transportation organizing of members including LivableStreets Alliance, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition and Bikes Not Bombs, On The Move has offered a community-based point of view that challenges our elected officials and holds the MBTA board and administration accountable to think outside the box.
To Read More of the OTM Official Statement, click on this link On_The_Move_Scenario_3_Statement