The article “Surging ridership could overwhelm T” (Page A1, June 14) focused appropriately on the necessity of investing in our transit system so that it can support the rapidly growing ridership. The article also pointed to the growing desirability of transit-oriented development. Baby boomers and their children may be “driving the trend,” as your article reports, but it is vital that low- and moderate-income families who are dependent on transit benefit from improved transit.
Policies and programs that support preservation and creation of mixed-income housing at transit locations by community development corporations and others are critical so that market-rate development does not displace low- and moderate-income households. Without these policies we cannot build a future for Greater Boston that is both environmentally sustainable and equitable for all of the region’s residents.