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MBTA Board Says Its Budget Plan Avoids Service Cuts

BOSTON — The MBTA Advisory Board is suggesting a new budget-balancing option amid public outcry over two earlier MassDOT proposals that would make deep service cuts and hike fares by at least 35 percent.

The executive director of the advisory board, Paul Regan, says his group has come up with a plan that includes no service cuts and would call for fares to increase by 25 percent.

“One of the main thrusts of it is to buy time for the Patrick-Murray administration and legislative leadership and transportation advocates to get together and come up with a comprehensive solution,” Regan said. “Our plan is a one-year fix, just like the T’s plan.”

The plan would save money by having State Police take over transit security and Massport take over the commuter ferries.

Regan also says T workers should forgo raises for a year. “And then, we get kind of creative,” he said. “We’re talking about having a special event surcharge — basically a 50-cent-per-ticket charge on athletic events like the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, as well as some of the larger venues.”

– Here’s the MBTA Advisory Board’s report on T proposals (on Scribd):

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  • Anonymous

    Why is that I haven’t heard any upper management, the 6 digit salary recipients to make a salary cut to save the company they work for? Instead they rise fare on the riders, most of them are in the lower 5 digit salary in some cases not even that. Geez speaking of wealth gap.

  • Anonymous

    What ARE the budget priorities and what is the problem? If the good people of MBTA cannot operate the trains, busses, and ferries without huge rate increases and service cuts, clearly the wrong people are operating the agency. Every civilized city provides for deep subsidy of public transit; it is ultimately a cost-effective alternative to building and maintaining more road-and-bridge capacity. Mass transit is NOT supposed to support itself, it is supposed to provide inexpensive, reliable, safe, clean, transportation without the detrimental impacts of single occupant vehicles. Period. 

  • http://nancib.wordpress.com/ BostonPeng

    Am I wrong in wondering why this didn’t come out before the T made their proposals? If this is coming from the MBTA Advisory Board why didn’t they give their advice before the T rolled out their fare hike/service reduction proposals? Shouldn’t they have been heard from when the T was developing their proposals in the first place? It sounds to me like a lot of energy and stress could have been saved if they had.

  • Anonymous

    These upper management 6-figure employees can’t even control the MBTA budget, they don’t deserve to have the job, they ought to be fired! 

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