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letters | MBTA MULLS SELLING NAMING RIGHTS FOR STATIONS

In a region rich with history, why sell out?

 State Street is one of the stations under consideration as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considers selling naming rights.

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State Street is one of the stations under consideration as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considers selling naming rights.

RE “MBTA may sell station names” (Page A1, June 27): I am an MBTA fan. I take the bus and train daily, and am raising a son who wants to be a bus driver when he grows up. (He’s been a T bus driver the last two Halloweens.) I am grateful for the environmental and time-savings benefits of public transportation.

However, I am thoroughly disgusted by the proposal to offer station naming rights to the highest bidder. Riders should not be forced to use corporate names for travel directions. This is even more troubling given our history-packed region. Why would we want to replace history with corporate monikers?

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The fare hike was approved, the Legislature has helped with the gap, and I am fully confident that there are better options. Let’s keep the “public” in public transportation.

Rachel Weinstein

Cambridge

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