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Newton Mayor Setti Warren teamed up with Boston City Council President Michelle Wu take a proposal to raise MBTA fares and Gov. Charlie Baker to task in a Boston Globe oped.

Raising fares — certainly by the amounts on the table for a vote by the MBTA Board — amounts to a message from the governor that people are just numbers on a spreadsheet, that all we need is better management, and that it is acceptable to hike fares even at the expense of ridership, of public trust, of the economy, health and the climate.

What we really need to turn the T around is not just management, but leadership, built on an inspiring vision of what transportation means to our future.