Modernizing Boston's Transit

$1,585 of $300.0M goal

Raised by 76 people in 19 months
Janssen McCormick  CHARLESTOWN, MA

The MBTA is outmoded, unsafe and incapable of withstanding the rigors of New England winters. When one link in its corroded chain breaks the whole system is thrown into disarray, when multiple links break at once the entire city and region collapses into massive gridlock. Trains are kept decades beyond their service life because for decades nobody in state government wanted to take responsibility to fund maintenence and modernization of public transit.

So here's where you come in. If the internet can help one working class guy in Detroit who struggles every day to get to work surely we can help the hundreds of thousands of working class people in Boston who rely on the decrepit MBTA to get them to work, school, doctors appointments or the grocery store.

All we're asking for is 30 billion dollars (GoFundMe limited this to 300 million dollars though).

Donor Rewards

$50: I will scream your name on an Orange line car for 45 minutes during rush hour.

$200: you are given carte blanche to forcibly remove backpacks from passengers and throw them into the pit between platforms from the hours of 6am-9am and 3pm-7pm

$500:  gets you a "Monthly LinkPass Plus" same unlimited bus and subway rides as the standard LinkPass but you're allowed to make any train on the B Line go express between Kenmore and Packard's Corner.

$15,000: Whenever you ride the Green Line you have the option of taking one of the historical cars stored at Boylston Street or the Mattapan Line; you won't notice the difference in your commute.

$10,000,000: You can rename Tufts Medical Center.

$130,000,000: Your very own state funded Legoland with an Orange Line station.

$3,000,000,000: A light rail replacement for the Washington Street Elev-ahahahahahahahahahaha you fell for it.

$30,000,000,000: A transit system barely adequate for the needs of a 21st century global city.

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Update 4
19 months ago

Change of plans for the UStream, in light of how terrible commutes have been and the stresses of just simply riding the crowded trains without someone yelling donor names I will not be streaming from the Orange Line today.

Instead I'll reschedule for a time when everyone doesn't feel like dropkicking screaming passengers off the train and invite you to check out the UStream channel ( http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mbta-gofundme-donor-rewards) at 3:30 where I'll be thanking donors and answering questions on the fundraiser.
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Update 3
19 months ago

We just hit $1575 in donations. With shuttle buses in place of Red Line trains, Commuter Rail trains without heat, the B Line west of Kenmore likely out of service until next week and system wide service not expected to return to normal until sometime around the 2024 Olympics Opening Ceremony this tongue in cheek fundraiser just seems more serious by the day. And in light of recently approved cuts to MBTA funding highlights just how foolhardy the idea that private cash can pick up the slack for tax dollars is and how divorced from the commuters' reality many of our elected officials are.

To add some levity to the soul-crushing experience that is riding the MBTA since the snow began to fall and recognize the contributions of you donors I'll be livestreaming the distribution of donor rewards this afternoon on the Orange Line here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mbta-gofundme-donor-rewards

For 45 minutes today (2/18) starting at 3:30 at North Station I'll be riding back and forth on the Orange Line, shouting donor's names (or just shouting ANONYMOUS for those anonymous donors) to highlight their generosity and investment in a modern transit system for Boston.

$300 million is so close I can feel it!
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Update 2
19 months ago

We just hit $600 thanks to an anonymous donation. Which is about $600 more than I ever imagined this GoFundMe would raise. This fundraiser has been shared over 2k times on Facebook and covered in numerous media outlets from traditional print media such as the Herald and the Globe to new media like BostonInno and Uproxx.

And while the ultimate goal is still $30 billion to build a light rail line down Washington Street from Downtown to Forest Hills, finally providing the replacement for the Washington Street El that the MBTA was supposed to build nearly 30 years ago, or hitting the GoFundMe limited goal of $300 million and driving to Bombardier's Plattsburgh, NY plant with a giant novelty check for 93 train cars fresh off the line, there is a back up plan in place.

If we do not reach our goal all money raised will go to Alternatives for Community & Environment ( http://www.ace-ej.org/). ACE is a Boston organization that since 1993 has worked to provide voices in low income communities and communities of color a platform to combat environmental racism and classism .

The aspect of ACE's activism that drew my attention was their advocacy for improving MBTA Bus service in low-income communities through the T Riders Union and their campaign for a year-round, low cost ($10/month) T pass for youths aged 12-21 ( http://youthwayonthembta.org/YAC).
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Update 1
19 months ago

Genuinely surprised by the response this GoFundMe has attracted. All the coverage and many of the emails this has received have asked where this money is going to end up. And I can say, dead serious, if we hit our goal of $30 billion (or $300 million due to the limits of GoFundMe) all of this money will go to purchasing new rolling stock for the MBTA.

Per this article ( http://tinyurl.com/lr3ogkb) BART plans on purchasing between 775 and 1000 new cars from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier at a cost of $3,225,806 per car. Adding a job creation angle to this is the fact that each of those cars will be manufactured in Bombardier's Platsburgh, NY plant. So if we hit our goal that means 93 new cars, made by American workers, in service for $300 million.

If we don't hit the goal, all proceeds will be donated to an organization working on the issues this GoFundMe makes light of.
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Kristie Eva
19 months ago

@Laura Donnell... do you even know how public services work? They operate at a deficit.

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William Cerf
19 months ago

We ONLY need $299,998,425.00 to meet our goal. Please chip in your $5.00 donation or even more if you want one of the great perks.

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Laura Donnell
19 months ago

Do u ppl know how much of our tax money is ALREADY devoted to the T? Lol Then all the fare increases and toll increases go to the T as well. They get a TON of $$. It's just NOT going to the trains/ equipment. The financial problems and where/who they spend our tax dollars has been an issue for YEARS. The country LAUGHS at us cuz we're suckers handing over half our paychecks to govt for these state services that they then go and chrge us a fee for, that they have to raise each year and now we're going to DONATE?! So their workers can retire @40 w a full pension & benefits for life, turn arnd and get ANTHR job there? WITH another pension?$100,000+ a year- for life? NO. They can cut back and fix the freaking trains. Do some research folks. All public record. YOUR money. PS-I know it strtd as a joke, but sme of th comments? #smh

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Sam Scoppettone
19 months ago

How can one subway car cost over $3 million?

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James McCarthy
19 months ago

Hey Janssen, why Bombardier, by the way?

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Alfred Nivek
19 months ago

I think you could make an even bigger statement if this was set to "all or nothing" donations. You could really showcase what having a functional transit system means to everyone by displaying it's worth to individuals. MBTA would see how much people would spend each to ACTUALLY have an upgrade. Best of luck and thanks for the laugh!

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Janssen McCormick
19 months ago

Hi Karin and Nancy, if we reach the goal this money is going to purchase 93 new cars for the Orange and Red Lines. If we do not reach the goal a) I'm going to be really sad I don't get to buy 93 cars right off Bombardier's line with a giant check for $300million b) We're all going to be sad that we still have to ride 40+ year old Red Line cars and c) I'm going to put the money toward and organization that advocates for improving the MBTA's rolling stock and service. Even if we can't reach our funding goal we're still making a positive contribution to improving the MBTA.

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Nancy Welharticky
19 months ago

I agree. Dont promote for one thing, then give to another. You lost my paltry $25.

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Karin Broadhurst
19 months ago

Oh, I see now that you already posted that, sorry. Still, to promote raising money for the MBTA and then give it to another organization seems strange.

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Karin Broadhurst
19 months ago

Since it's unlikely will hit your goal, perhaps you could be more specific about where you will donate this money.

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Brian Paskin
19 months ago

I still think you should send the money to the MBTA. They could use the money to buy a new break for one of the cars, or something else useful.

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Harmony Wu
19 months ago

Isn't it great that we must resort to begging to fund our infrastructure? If you're fed up, please sign this petition to TELL THE LEGISLATURE that *they* should do their jobs and raise the revenue -- yes, from taxpayers, because we don't get nice things free -- needed to upgrade the MBTA and invest in it for our future needs. http://t4ma.nationbuilder.com/ma_transit_future?gofundme

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$1,585 of $300.0M goal

Raised by 76 people in 19 months
Created February 4, 2015
$10
Anonymous
19 months ago
$25
Anonymous
19 months ago
CM
$50
Conor Mack
19 months ago
JC
$10
Jedd Cohen
19 months ago

We need to elect a governor who supports public transit.

$20
Anonymous
19 months ago
JT
$20
Josh Thompson
19 months ago
$25
Anonymous
19 months ago
NB
$5
Neil Bergquist
19 months ago
$5
William Cerf
19 months ago

This is a great idea. If everyone in the world donated the $5 minimum the needs could be met. If this campaign is successful then others will do the same.

$20
Laura Hughes
19 months ago
Kristie Eva
19 months ago

@Laura Donnell... do you even know how public services work? They operate at a deficit.

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William Cerf
19 months ago

We ONLY need $299,998,425.00 to meet our goal. Please chip in your $5.00 donation or even more if you want one of the great perks.

+ Read More
Laura Donnell
19 months ago

Do u ppl know how much of our tax money is ALREADY devoted to the T? Lol Then all the fare increases and toll increases go to the T as well. They get a TON of $$. It's just NOT going to the trains/ equipment. The financial problems and where/who they spend our tax dollars has been an issue for YEARS. The country LAUGHS at us cuz we're suckers handing over half our paychecks to govt for these state services that they then go and chrge us a fee for, that they have to raise each year and now we're going to DONATE?! So their workers can retire @40 w a full pension & benefits for life, turn arnd and get ANTHR job there? WITH another pension?$100,000+ a year- for life? NO. They can cut back and fix the freaking trains. Do some research folks. All public record. YOUR money. PS-I know it strtd as a joke, but sme of th comments? #smh

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Sam Scoppettone
19 months ago

How can one subway car cost over $3 million?

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James McCarthy
19 months ago

Hey Janssen, why Bombardier, by the way?

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Alfred Nivek
19 months ago

I think you could make an even bigger statement if this was set to "all or nothing" donations. You could really showcase what having a functional transit system means to everyone by displaying it's worth to individuals. MBTA would see how much people would spend each to ACTUALLY have an upgrade. Best of luck and thanks for the laugh!

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Janssen McCormick
19 months ago

Hi Karin and Nancy, if we reach the goal this money is going to purchase 93 new cars for the Orange and Red Lines. If we do not reach the goal a) I'm going to be really sad I don't get to buy 93 cars right off Bombardier's line with a giant check for $300million b) We're all going to be sad that we still have to ride 40+ year old Red Line cars and c) I'm going to put the money toward and organization that advocates for improving the MBTA's rolling stock and service. Even if we can't reach our funding goal we're still making a positive contribution to improving the MBTA.

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Nancy Welharticky
19 months ago

I agree. Dont promote for one thing, then give to another. You lost my paltry $25.

+ Read More
Karin Broadhurst
19 months ago

Oh, I see now that you already posted that, sorry. Still, to promote raising money for the MBTA and then give it to another organization seems strange.

+ Read More
Karin Broadhurst
19 months ago

Since it's unlikely will hit your goal, perhaps you could be more specific about where you will donate this money.

+ Read More
Brian Paskin
19 months ago

I still think you should send the money to the MBTA. They could use the money to buy a new break for one of the cars, or something else useful.

+ Read More
Harmony Wu
19 months ago

Isn't it great that we must resort to begging to fund our infrastructure? If you're fed up, please sign this petition to TELL THE LEGISLATURE that *they* should do their jobs and raise the revenue -- yes, from taxpayers, because we don't get nice things free -- needed to upgrade the MBTA and invest in it for our future needs. http://t4ma.nationbuilder.com/ma_transit_future?gofundme

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