While nothing can replace state-granted taxing authority as the primary driver for transit revenue, there are always little ways of funding we can dream up. Like this tweet from a Bostonian about a quirky new revenue source for MBTA:
@mbtaGM I would actually pay to be able to walk through MBTA tunnels as part of a tour. Midnight T Tunnel Tours once per month??
It’s an interesting idea and one that I certainly think shouldn’t go unnoticed. There are a lot of facilities around here that could generate quite some interest from the general public, like the DSTT, the Beacon Hill tunnels, Link OMF (Operations & Maintenance Facility), and even Metro’s bus bases. There are tours here and there that sometimes offer glimpses into some of these places, but only on occasion and seldom to the general public.
Showing off some of our transit infrastructure might not only bring in a bit of revenue, as little as it may be, but could also attract inquiring minds to transit. If Metro can sell space on its buses and facilities for ads, then doing the same for regular guided tours might be a welcome idea.