Senator Markey LGTBQ+ Rights talk, Census update, & more | June 18, 2020

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Conversation about LGBTQ+ Rights with Senator Markey

On Tuesday Senator Edward Markey hosted a livestream with Massachusetts LGBTQ+ rights activists on the work we still must do to ensure justice and equality for every person.

From Senator Markey’s office:

As we celebrate Pride Month in June, Senator Ed Markey hosted a livestream discussion with Massachusetts LGBTQ+ rights activists on the work still left to do to ensure justice and equality for every person. The livestream will also include a discussion on the Supreme Court’s decision this week to protect gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, and a discussion on President Trump’s recent repeal of transgender health protections.

The panelists on this talk were Senator Edward J. Markey, State Representative Jack Patrick Lewis (7th Middlesex), Newton City Councilor Holly Ryan, Arline Isaacson (Co-Chair of the MA Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus), Tanya Neslusan (Executive Director, MassEquality), & Chris Erchull (Staff Attorney, GLAD).

🟪 Beach Safety Update 🟪

Nahant Beach remains purple flagged at this time.
Please do not touch the jellyfish.

Upcoming protests in Lynn


2020 U.S. Census update

Click to go to fill out the 2020 Census

According to City Clerk Janet Rowe Lynn’s response rate is now at 56.5%. The Census is very short, only takes approximately 10 minutes, and can even be done online. The questions are basic, don’t ask questions such as about your citizenship status, and the answers are kept under lock and key for 7 decades.

Currently the City of Lynn is conducting a “Visual Campaign” throughout Lynn with lawn & window signs. Within the next couple of weeks, you will start to see billboards and street banners on display as well.

They have been distributing English and Spanish information flyers along with telephone numbers for 15 other languages available to the many food banks and distribution centers for personal protection equipment. They are also planning to have our youth summer workers distribute thousands of flyers in multiple languages throughout our neighborhoods beginning in July.

Find out why it’s important to fill out the Census by watching this short video we produced with the  City Clerks office.

MBTA Fare Transformation Program Finalizes Contract Amendment

On Monday, the MBTA and the Cubic | John Laing consortium finalized the contract amendment memorializing the terms and conditions necessary to fulfill the direction and authorization provided by the Fiscal and Management Control Board on April 27, 2020. This contract amendment completes the process started on December 9, 2019, when the Fiscal and Management Control Board approved a revised strategy for the Fare Transformation Program. The contract amendment signed Monday incorporates improvements to the original “AFC 2.0” contract based on feedback from customers, advocates, and policy makers.

“We’re pleased to have reached this major milestone in our continued efforts to completely transform the T’s fare payment system, and critical to that effort is incorporating the feedback we’ve received from our riders and stakeholders,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “I want to thank the Fare Transformation Program team for their diligent work on this achievement, our partners Cubic | John Laing for their collaboration in adapting these changes, and our riders especially, for providing feedback that allows us to deliver a fare system that best their needs.”

The amended contract includes both the capital cost of the new system and ten years of operations and maintenance with options for two additional five-year terms. The amended contract also incorporates agreed-upon schedule milestones and incentives for milestone achievement. The terms of the amended contract signed Monday are consistent with the pricing and strategic “reset” approach presented to and approved by the Fiscal and Management Control Board on April 27, 2020.

The new timeline for the rollout allots more time for both testing and installation of the new system and for customer migration with a more phased approach to fare collection system changes. The new system will offer a variety of new options for fare collection and fare payment, and will enable easier modifications to fare policies such as those that could be used in the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

“This achievement is the result of hard work by a wide variety of people,” said MBTA Chief Transformation Officer Ron Renaud. “This included customers and advocates who provided valuable feedback, our project team who worked to synthesize that feedback into updated requirements, and our partners at Cubic | John Laing who worked with us to amend the contract to make these changes.”

The overall phased Fare Transformation Program includes many near- and long-term improvements, including:

  • The ability to pay for a trip on all Zone 1A stations on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line with a CharlieCard – which will be available on Monday, June 22, 2020;
  • Deploying fare vending machines that dispense CharlieCards;
  • All-door boarding on MBTA buses and surface stops along the Green Line;
  • Integrating ferries and the entire Commuter Rail network into the CharlieCard system.

Over the long-term, the program will establish a larger, thoughtful network of retail sales outlets and fare vending machines centered on the needs of T customers. The MBTA intends to significantly expand the network for all forms of payment.

For more information and details on this contract, please or connect with the T on Twitter@MBTA, Facebook /TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.

From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 904 with 16 new cases today. 2,602 Lynn residents have recovered and 95 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 3,601. Please visit the new City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (, social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at

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