MBTA Fares Will Increase Tuesday

BOSTON — MBTA riders are facing the transportation system’s second fare increase in as many years.

Beginning Tuesday, the price of bus and subway rides will rise by 10 cents, increasing to $1.60 and $2.10 respectively.

Click for more details from the MBTA.

Click for more details from the MBTA.

The price of a combined bus-and-subway monthly pass will increase from $70 to $75, and a monthly bus pass will jump from $48 to $50 per month.

Single ride fares on the commuter rail will increase by 25 to 50 cents. Passes for commuter rail pass passengers will increase by $5 to $17, depending on where you travel from.

Fares on The RIDE will not change.

With an average fare increase of 5 percent across the board, the MBTA predicts to raise an extra $20 million to $24 million in new fare revenue, resulting in a less than 1 percent reduction in ridership.

The T last hiked fares in July 2012, when prices went up by an average 23 percent. At that time, bus fares rose a quarter to $1.50 and subway fares rose from $1.70 to $2.

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  • Lawrence

    Rampant mismanagement causes the prices to skyrocket. Many “workers” for the T are on Facebook all day and do absolutely nothing, and the Labor Union makes sure no one can be fired.

    Total mismanagement.

  • J__o__h__n

    Why were the monthly passes raised at a higher percentage than the single rides? People who only ride the T occasionally will not notice the increase. Monthly pass holders board the cars and buses more efficiently.

    • MikeInMass

      Single bus fare went up 10 cents per ride. Monthly bus fare went up $2 per month. If you look at if from a commuting standpont: if you take 2 trips per day, 20 days per month, that’s an increase of 5 cents per ride – half the single fare increase – with the extra trips beyond the 20 still being free.

      • J__o__h__n

        The monthly link pass went up at a higher percentage than the single so called rapid transit tickets.

        • MikeInMass

          OK, subway is up 2.5 cents per ride for 40 trips/month vs. single fares, a little over 1% of the fare price, a bit unfair I agree. I would argue that they should have raised single subway fares by more than the same 10 cents that they did for buses, but perhaps there’d be more of an outcry. Maybe they’ll raise single subway fares by another little bit before they raise bus fares.

          One issue is they seem to be at/above subway capacity at rush hours (the commuter/monthly pass crowd), which annoys everyone, so maybe that will do some balancing. Meanwhile, they are under capacity at off-times, so maybe a lesser increase would not scare away to off-capacity riders.

  • ThirdWayForward

    Compared to other cities in the US and around the world, T fares are
    still generally on the cheap side (although commuter rail fares for
    interzone travel are way out of line with the rest of the T fares). They
    are way cheaper than private transportation (cabs, shuttle buses), and there are substantial discounts for students and seniors.

    why is the RIDE exempt from the fare hikes? Last time we looked, it
    sucked up about 10% of the T budget and there were are some real abuses
    of this system (the Globe uncovered some of these a few years ago, e.g.
    people using the RIDE as personal taxi transportation to commute from cities like
    Lowell into and out of Boston on a daily basis). This program should be funded
    separrately at the state level and use should be subject to (generous,
    but firm) limits. Maybe there needs to be transparency re: the trips
    that are being made and their cost to the system (there is no reason
    that the state couldn’t release monthly figures about the distribution
    and general locations (towns) of RIDE trips, and the light shed on how
    the money is spent would lead to more efficient allocation of these
    resources). THE RIDE is a lifeline for many older citizens and we need such a service, but, like everything else, it needs to be run efficiently and fairly — maybe the cost of a trip on the RIDE should be some small fraction (10%) of the cost to the system.

  • J__o__h__n

    How much revenue is the MBTA giving up with free rides on July 4th?

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