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MBTA Expected to Approve Fare Hikes Wednesday

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Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials are expected to vote to approve an increase in fares for public transportation throughout the Commonwealth Wednesday.

Back in March, the MBTA proposed to increase fares by 5 percent. If approved these increases would go into effect on July 1 as part of the efforts to balance the Authority’s FY15 budget.

Meetings were held throughout the region over the past two months to allow commuters to chime in on the proposed increases.

What does this mean to commuters if approved?  

  • Fares for subways and bus lines are expected to see a 10 cent increase.
  • The cost for a monthly passes would rise by $5
  • Student five-day and seven-day monthly passes will both be available for $26 representing a $1 increase over today’s five-day pass and a $2 decrease to today’s seven-day pass costs.
  • Fares on THE RIDE are not proposed for increases and are expected to stay at the current $3 for base ADA trips and $5 fo premium trips.

The last fare hike was in 2012, when fares jumped 23 percent to help the transportation system close a huge budget gap.

View the full proposal on fare changes on the MBTA’s website >>>
Steven Sadowski May 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM
No way. Say it isn't so! Another govt. entity over-budget, with shoddy service, bleeding to death from pensions and union contracts and aimed at helping the working poor with the best of intentions? That's crazy. Next you're going to tell me that the post office is in trouble. I'm going to go back to my NYT coma where everything that Paul Krugman says is comes true. Going to my progressive happy place...la la la la la
Westford Republican Town Committee May 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Tank the Gas Tax - please sign the petition to repeal the annual automatic increase in gasoline tax. After collecting nearly 130,000 signatures, the legislature declined to act. An additional 11,000 signatures are needed to put a question to voters on the November 2014 ballot. Stop by the WRTC booth at the Apple Blossom carnival to sign. This is what the Boston Globe reported upon passage of the Transportation Finance Act in July 2013: "The money the bill provides, which is estimated to ramp up to $800 million per year by 2018, will prevent the need for immediate MBTA fare hikes. In addition to the transportation upgrades, the new tax will help pay for regional bus services, fund Department of Transportation personnel costs, and finance some modest transportation projects." Ask the legislature to vote on every tax increase.
Rob C May 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Double the proposed fair increases. Make sure they turn a profit and can support themselves. I am tired of paying more of my money so somebody else can get to work cheaper. Best case scenario they declare bankruptcy and wipe out every bad contract they are in right now and start over with new ones that make sense to the MBTA and not the hacks.
Drew May 19, 2014 at 08:41 AM
is it going up for the poor seniors?

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