Gov. Patrick: Further T Cuts Likely Without Permanent Fix

Gov. Deval Patrick says more MBTA riders will likely see more drastic service cuts in the future unless a comprehensive solution is found for the state's transportation funding shortfall.

During his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio program on WTKK-FM, Patrick said Thursday that there were no more "rabbits" to pull out of the hat when it comes to staving off service cuts.

MBTA officials on Wednesday recommended an average 23 percent fare hike but far fewer reductions in service than originally feared. The T says cost-saving measures and one-time revenues are helping stave off deeper cuts.

Patrick called for a "serious conversation" about the state's long-term transportation funding crisis, and said he was "heartened" that legislative leaders were planning to make the issue a priority on Beacon Hill next year.

This program aired on March 29, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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