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Boston Mayor Critical Of Cuts, Fare Hikes On T

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is urging the MBTA to reconsider plans to raise fares and cut services.

In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey and other state officials, Menino said he understood the difficult financial decisions facing the T, but expressed concern that some riders would be shouldering a "disproportionate burden."

Menino noted that under both of the two proposed scenarios offered by the T, students and the elderly would see sharply reduced discounts. He also criticized plans to eliminate Boston Harbor ferries, weekend service on the Green Line's E-branch, and numerous bus routes including one that goes to a homeless shelter on Long Island.

The mayor urged the state to consider other revenue options, including a possible hike in the state's 21 cents per gallon gasoline tax.

This program aired on January 31, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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