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article imageBoston transit system to face fare increase, cuts in services

By Andrew Moran     Jan 3, 2012 in Travel
Boston - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation introduced two scenarios for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA): an increase in fares and service cuts. Officials say they will host 20 public hearings until March.
Is Boston ready for a fare hike in its public transportation services? Well, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation wants to impose fare hikes and service cuts to the MBTA transit system regardless.
On Tuesday, the state transportation department introduced two measures to address the projected $161 million budget gap for the 2013 fiscal year – earlier estimates had the figure at $185 million.
The MBTA notes that the current financial issues will persist and grow until 2016 under the present system.
“While the MBTA continues to identify and adopt strict measures to close the budget gap, less costly ways of doing business and additional revenue-generating measures are necessary,” said Richard A. Davey, transportation secretary, in a statement.
Scenario one:
- Overall fare increase of 43 percent
- Bus CharlieCard increase from $1.25 to $1.75
- Rapid Transit CharlieCard from $1.70 to $2.40
- RIDE increase from $2 to $4.50
- Parking fee increase of 28 percent
- Eliminations or reductions to commuter rail, bus, light rail, ferry and RIDE service area.
Scenario two:
- Overall fare increase of 35 percent
- BusCharlieCard increase from $1.25 to $1.50
- Rapid Transit CharlieCard increase from $1.70 to $2.25
- RIDE increase from $2 to $3
- Parking fee increase of 20 percent
- Service eliminations or reductions to commuter rail, bus, light rail, ferry and RIDE service area.
Transportation officials say they will hold more than 20 public meetings until March to generate user feedback and suggestions.
“I look foward to an open and transparent public process that will lead to recommendations on how we can continue to satisfy demand while addressing the T’s financial crisis,” said Jonathan Davis, MBTA general manager, in a statement.
For a full list of public meeting locations and dates, as well as contact information to submit your comments, click here.
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