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Bureaucracy Explains Policy on T Pass Subsidy

In response to the letter by Farhan H. Zaidi G ["Dormitory Residents Should Also Be Eligible for Subsidized T Passes," April 25], I would like to present the point of view of an independent living group resident.

Fenway House, where I live, is several blocks south and west of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street, making the walk from the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge non-trivial. In the winter months, I take the #1 MBTA bus to class every morning and back again in the evening. I am by no means alone; especially on the colder and wetter days, the bus is full to overflowing from the masses of MIT fraternity, sorority, and ILG residents trying to get to class warm and dry.

The subsidized T passes that MIT provides makes excellent economic sense for me and many other off-campus residents. It seems that what Zaidi should be advocating is subsidized T passes for cross-registered on-campus students. However, as an FSILG resident who benefits from free Safe Ride service, paid for by the tuition of all MIT students, I personally would not object to subsidized passes for all MIT-affiliated persons.

Somehow, I do not believe that the MIT's administration sees dormitory residents as second-class members of the MIT community. More likely, the rules of the Parking and Transportation Office are the product of a bureaucracy that is (like many bureaucracies) not entirely in touch with reality. Besides, if FSILG residents are being pampered, as Zaidi claims, then why are we stuck behind a 56 kilobit/second net connection, while dormitory residents enjoy a direct link to a state-of-the-art high-speed network?

Perhaps these complaints are simply another symptom of the split between dormitory and FSILG residents. However, I believe that that division is exaggerated in the popular conception. It seems to me that many misunderstandings could be resolved if only students took the time to really talk with others outside of their immediate surroundings.

Christopher D. Beland '00