Because there's a lot more people who primarily drive than people who primarily take the T at a statewide level, and they vote.Right on! Most people don't know that nearly 2/3 of MBTA funding comes from state taxes, not revenue service. Let's make it 100 percent... like all of the public streets and nearly all roads in the Commonwealth. Why do people who do the right thing for relieving traffic congestion, pollution and energy consumption get pay-gated, while people who do the wrong thing -- driving like idiots, circling endlessly for elusive free parking, blowing through red lights -- they get to be subsidized 100 percent? Why the double standard? Kill the Charlie card. all the turnstiles, and move everyone who works in revenue service, collections, and accounting onto broom detail if they want to stick around.
Free the T! Pay for it with congestion fees, gas taxes, and whatever else makes sense.
I'm sorry, but I think it's wild fantasy land to imagine that any of this besides maybe a Boston CBD congestion charge is getting past the MA legislature, or MA voters. We couldn't even get gas tax indexing to inflation to stick when the legislature did pass it.
I'll wager you're not going to find any support for hiking gas taxes to pay for the T from any politician outside 128.