MBTA Proposes 23 Percent Fare Hike
The MBTA’s new proposal, released Wednesday, also includes service reductions and eliminations, as well as a hiring freeze on all non-critical positions.
The MBTA’s new proposal, released Wednesday, also includes service reductions and eliminations, as well as a hiring freeze on all non-critical positions. However, the route eliminations do not impact Concord directly.
The MBTA announced a series of recommended fare increases, service cuts and administrative changes Wednesday morning to close its $185 million budget gap in fiscal year 2013.
Concord walks away from the proposal relatively unscathed, as the MBTA is not recommending any cuts that to bus routes that run through town.
That being said, Concord residents, like everyone else, will be paying more to ride the T if the proposal is approved.
Here are the recommended fare increases:
- Local bus fares with a Charlie Card would go up a quarter to $1.50. The current fare is $1.25.
- Subway fares would be $2, 30 cents more than the current rate of $1.70.
MBTA staff members are scheduled to present the recommendations to the MBTA’s board for approval on April 4, according to the release. The changes would go into effect July 1, the beginning of fiscal year 2013.