The Associated Press

Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Loom For Mass. Transit

BOSTON — Public transit in Massachusetts is facing a bumpy ride this coming year.

State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey says the MBTA will unveil a list of potential fare increases and service cuts in January aimed at erasing a deficit that is projected at $161 million next year and could reach $350 million by 2016.

Up to 20 public hearing are expecting on the proposals.

Lee Matsueda of the T Riders Union says fare increases and service cuts would be devastating to low-income residents, the elderly, students and others dependent on public transportation. He says the MBTA should look to other ways of solving its financial problems.

Current fares for passengers with CharlieCard transit passes are $1.70 for subways and $1.25 for buses. The last fare increase was in 2007.

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  • Anonymous

    The concerns about poor and disadvantaged persons is not the concern of Davey’s role.  He defined it, this is an ASSET MANAGEMENT business, so who cares about the riders.  No one in the Management of the DOT/MBTA.

  • Anonymous

    I think there needs to be a complete audit of the MBTA.
    Somehow ridership is at an all time high and they still are loosing money.
    One thing is for sure the commuter rail system is so old and out of date I’m sure they are loosing millions there. Of course charging people who live in Hyde Park $70 more per month to go three stops into South station might also be an issue. If the local lines from Providence was a light rail system without conductors I bet more people would ride it.
    In fact the entire system could probably be a light rail system and save a lot in the long run.

    This will never happen as it seems to me that MBTA is pretty dysfunctional. Where is all the money going?

  • Anonymous

    If one goal of mass transit is to move people out of their cars and off the road, and a second it to insure that there is affordable public transportation for all, then it would make sense to keep it affordable and attractive for everyone. One solution to the fiscal problems facing the MBTA is to add a 1 or 2 cent per gallon gas tax that would go directly to funding the MBTA. Currently, the gas tax funds the roads and not more desirable transportation alternatives.

  • Akfaka

    I have a quick fix for the T. Get rid of the union protected imbecile employees.these nitwits have milked the T for years at our expenses. as a result weget second class service and treated like second class citizen. C’monMBTA, if you really was to cut cost, cut the imbecile employees, notus!

  • Anonymous

    “The MBTA’s employee union on Thursday defended free rides on the transit system for current employees and retirees as a negotiated benefit . . .”
    As usual the UNION PIGS riding free so everybody else can pay the extra money, right?

    • Anonymous

      Calling people pigs is not going to help anyone. I can’t believe I’m defending MBTA employees but I think the union needs to be there and it’s better for all if workers have collective bargaining rights. However I think they need to be told the party is over, time to face the music and make some serious changes to contracts.
      One thing I would like to see is more dysfunctional workers being fired.
      I know being a bus driver is a very stressful job, but being rude and breaking traffic laws is not the answer to the problems the job has.

      I was recently cut off on the road by an MBTA worker in his car and he gave me the finger, and was cursing at me after I hunk my horn to let him know he almost hit me. His driving was aggressive and I only wish I wrote down his license plate as I think any MBTA employee who breaks any traffic law or has problems with road rage should be suspended without pay and if they keep having these issues, fired.

      All MBTA employees should pay a discounted fair. Retired employees should pay the full freight and that should be taken out of the contract ASAP.


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