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Future Deficit Forces T into Tough Choices

Fare hikes and service cuts are a few options T officials proposed in an effort to close the $130 million budget deficit in 2014.

MBTA officials have proposed service cuts and fare increases if there is no increase in funding, based on a $130 million projected budget deficit in fiscal year 2014.

Director of Strategic Initiatives for the MBTA Charles Planck said at a MBTA finance committee meeting that in order to close the budget gap T fares will need to go up 33 percent, which means subway fares would move up from $2 to $2.60, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

There was also talk at the meeting of a 15 percent fare increase coupled with the possible elimination of up to 30 bus routes, according to the Globe.

Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled an ambitious transportation plan in February that would potentially raise $1.02 billion per year for the next 10 years, some of which, if lawmakers adopt the proposal, could go toward MBTA services. The MBTA budget for fiscal year 2014 is due April 15, the Globe reports.

Rodney Raftery March 07, 2013 at 06:28 PM
If the T went more places, was cleaner and extended its weekend scheduled times to overnights, more people would take the T. If more people took the T, they'd have more money. If they had more money, they would (hopefully) stop crying poor. I mean, honestly. Who is in charge of the T's money? A honeybadger?
Bill March 07, 2013 at 09:06 PM
How long does this MBTA farce have to continue? Ten months out of the year it's boasting record ridership, outstanding daily incomes, yatta, yatta, yatta -- and then it comes time to demand more and use the public as a hostage. Occasionally the T whips out the need new equipment angle -- and nobody realized twenty years ago buses and trains aren't forever? Poor budgeting and planning on the part of the MBTA shouldn't end-up as a crisis for the public, but it does, every year...
shirley kressel March 21, 2013 at 02:04 PM
The State gives away billions of dollars a year in corporate welfare (tax breaks, land deals, cash grants, etc.) that have no public benefit. Yet every year, the governor cries poor. He can find $22.5 million to give to Liberty Mutual, one of the riches companies in the world; he can find $110 million for developer Joe Fallon and Vertex, millions for JPMorgan and Manulife and the salaries of fabulously wealthy movie stars enjoying our state film tax credit. But somehow, the traveling public doesn't make his priority list. He also keeps the MBTA laden with Big Dig debt dumped there by past incompetent and sneaky politicians to cover up their financing mistakes; that alone could solve the problem. Why is no one challenging him on these things when he asks for more taxes and higher fares? Will the new revenues be utilized any better than the ones collected now?

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