Monday, October 17, 2005

Gas, Grass, or Ass

No one rides for free.

After years of riding the MBTA for free, dozens of state transportation officials are being forced to surrender passes that have allowed them to bum countless bus and train rides while ordinary working stiffs were forced to pay full price.

Gee, I'm all broken up - what a shame.

The Executive Office of Transportation has ordered its employees to turn in the ID cards by Oct. 31, ending what amounted to more than a decade of state-sanctioned fare evasion.

"They should absolutely be paying like everyone else," T rider Steve Almeida said. "If they were getting a free pass, I just don't think that's right."

Now, if we can just get the state legislators to pay for their own gas, we'd really be on the right track, so to speak.