TNB Press Release on MBTA Fare Hikes and Service Cuts



Company Could Pay $10,000 More Each Year; Changes Would Hit Employees, Clients

No matter how you look at it, the proposed MBTA fare hikes are bad for business.  Tech Networks of Boston, an IT services firm located in Andrew Square,  relies on public transportation to get employees to work and to client sites, and to enable customers to access its offices.  “We subsidize train and commuter rail passes for our employees,” says Susan Labandibar, President of Tech Networks.  “These fare increases could cost us nearly $10,000 per year.”

Employee Diane Tirschel has calculated her costs of commuting from Attleboro by commuter rail, with the 50% subsidy provided by Tech Networks.  It’s about even: $197.50 per month for the train, versus $191 per month driving, with a gallon of gas costing $3.50.  “I’m on the fence right now as it is,” says Tirschel.  With the T’s dramatic fare hikes, even the company’s 50% subsidy might not be enough for commuters like Tirschel to continue choosing the train.  “I would like to contribute to making the environment better, but [the fare hikes] are making that hard for me,” says Tirschel.  “Adding thousands of cars to the roadways will not only be environmentally irresponsible, but detrimental for economic growth in the Commonwealth,” says Labandibar.

“The subsidy has allowed several employees, including me, to avoid car ownership altogether,” says Labandibar.  But the fare hikes could change that.  Employee Cordaryll Monroe, who commutes from Ayer, “was considering getting a car when I heard about the MBTA raising their fares.”  Monroe is an ideal transit user: “I walk to the train station.  That’s why I chose to live in Ayer.”  But with drastic fare hikes, it might not make sense anymore.  The fare hikes “can affect everyday living expenses,” says Monroe, so “I have no alternatives right now.  I might get a car.”

“Big businesses are laying people off, but we’re hiring,” says Labandibar.  “Seventeen years ago, when I founded Tech Networks of Boston, I made sure that my office was close to public transportation.  Over the years, thousands of customers and hundreds of employees have saved time and gas by taking the T to our office.  These fare hikes and service cuts are undercutting a key element of our business strategy.”

Susan Labandibar is President of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston and is active in the community.  She has won multiple awards from the City of Boston and national organizations for her environmentally sustainable technology business.  She will speak at Suffolk University on Feb. 28 on “Women Making a Difference in Entrepreneurship.”

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CONTACT:  Susan Labandibar, (617) 269-0299 x301,

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Founded in 1994, Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) delivers people-oriented IT support and care through service desk, remote monitoring and maintenance, staff augmentation, onsite support, strategic planning, training and project IT services to non-profits and businesses in greater Boston with a focus on non-profit health care and human service providers.

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