Saturday, 2:15 PM
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
Banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla sprinkle cake, and apple pie were hawked on the State House steps this afternoon to raise money for a needy cause.
Transit advocates held a bake sale for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, pushing muffins, brownies, ginger cookies, and nice Hamantashen, the triangular fruit-filled pastries today in honor of Purim, the most festive of Jewish holidays.
Organizers acknowledge that the bake sale is a gimmick to highlight the MBTA's $8 billion in debt and interest payments. Technically, organizers admitted, they could not sell things to raise money for the agency. They did, however, accept donations and hand out baked goods.
"The T has a ridiculous deficit that they are trying to manage," said Lee Matsueda, president of the T Riders Union, which is campaigning against service cuts or fare hikes. "We want to bring attention to that deficit and show that public transit riders are doing their part."
Transportation Secretary James A. Aloisi Jr. was expected to stop by the bake sale, which began at 3:30 p.m.