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MBTA Considers Raising Fares

The MBTA is considering increasing fares.

Although there has been no final decision, the T's debt is increasing and officials are looking for ways to pay down the debt and keep services running.

The MBTA has not increased fares since 2007. But with a debt that has grown to more than $8 billion, T General Manager Richard Davey says fare hikes have to be at least considered in the coming year.

"As we begin to look at what our fiscal situation is for next year, really at this point all options are on the table," Davey said.

The size of any potential fare increase is unclear at this point.

If the MBTA does want to move forward with fare increases, it must go through a series of public hearings first.

This program aired on July 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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