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Lawmakers Consider Bill To Help Close MBTA Deficit

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The debate over how to close the MBTA's deficit is moving to Beacon Hill.

The Legislature's Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear a bill on Monday that includes a $51 million transfer to the T from the state's Motor Vehicle Inspection Trust Fund.

The T's board voted last week to raise fares an average 23 percent on July 1 along with some service reductions to help close a $159 million deficit. But officials have warned of deeper cuts in service if lawmakers do not approve the $51 million transfer.

The measure could meet with some resistance from lawmakers whose constituents live outside the T's service area.

The bill also seeks about $9 million in additional savings for the MBTA and calls for tougher penalties for fare evaders.

This program aired on April 9, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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