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Transportation Boss Favors Fare Hikes, But Not Service Cuts

In an interview with the Boston Globe, State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said the state is scrambling to raise enough revenue so that proposed service cuts can be scotched.

 

In a departure from proposals that would raise MBTA fares and slash services to balance the T's budget, the state's top transporation official says his agency aims to raise enough revenue to avoid service cuts.

Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey made the remarks to the Boston Globe.

The about-face comes after thousands of people have turned out at public meetings to denounce the proposals. Concord selectmen have publicly voiced their displeasure over the proposed changes and have urged residents to write to state legislatures if they feel the same way.

Patch readers have also had a say in the matter, voting overwhelmingly in favor of no service cuts.

One MBTA proposal for Concord considers cutting weekend train service in town and eliminating trains after 10 p.m. on weeknights. Fares would also increase by 35 percent to $8.25 for a one-way Commuter Rail ticket.

Scenario two, meanwhile, would keep weekend service, but hold to no trains after 10 p.m. and fares would increase 43 percent to roughly $9 per ticket.

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