This week the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) raised its fares. Subway fares went from 85 cents to a dollar while buses went from 65 to 75 cents. While the MBTA says the increase leaves Boston fares lower than most U.S. cities', in fact the lack of any transfers between buses and trains means that the average cost per ride is now at or above the country average.

Also in the news this week: residents of wealthy South Shore communities continue to oppose the rebuilding of a commuter rail spur down their way. The opposition in Hingham was bought off with the promise of a "mitigation": the rails will go underground when they reach the Hingham town center. It now appears that Hingham's neighbors in Scituate are angling for something similar.

For readers below a certain age, it might be worthwhile to identify the song that this song is a parody of. It's an early Bob Dylan effort (popularized by Peter, Paul, and Mary) called "Don't Think Twice, It's Allright," and the last half of the last stanza goes:

Now I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind.
You coulda done better but I don't mind.
You just kind of wasted my precious time,
But don't think twice, it's allright.

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