Mass. commuters brace for steep MBTA fare hike
BOSTON (AP) -- Riders on Boston's public transportation system are bracing for a steep fare hike that goes into effect Sunday and may be just the start of coming cost increases.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is enacting an average 23 percent fare hike to help close the regional transit system's $160 million deficit.
The increases are more severe for certain customers, including some disabled riders, who will see fares for The Ride service at least double to $4 or $5 one-way. Subway fares will rise to $2 and bus fares to $1.50 for passengers who pay with CharlieCards.
Drastic service cuts were avoided but only because the MBTA tapped some one-time revenue sources.
The MBTA still faces a $100 million deficit next year. General manager Jonathan Davis has called for a long-term solution to the chronic funding woes.