2.9 min readBy Published On: January 5th, 2016Categories: News0 Comments

Fare hike proposed.  

Does it look it’s going to cost more to take the T in the near future?  Most likely!  Thanks to the ever-expanding budget of the Green Line extension and an unbalanced budget, the MBTA has placed two fare hike proposals on the table.  The MBTA proposed four different options on Monday at the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board meeting.  

According to the Boston Globe, single-ride fares on the train could go up a dime, and monthly T-passes could increase by $9.50 by this summer.  The alternative would also raise single-ride train fares by about a dime but increase the prices of monthly passes by $7.50.

The MBTA will hold 10 public meetings on the fare hikes and allow riders to e-mail or send in written comments.  We expect those meetings will be action packed and are dissapointed there won’t be one in Southie!  See Schedule Below

The MBTA control board are expected to vote in March on the proposed fare hikes.  The increase would go into effect in July. 

Does that mean if the fare increases T riders will see better service?  Not likely in the near future.  This winter expect unshoveled bus stops, huddled masses of commuters waiting for the #7, slow service and buses that just don’t show up.  Advice?  Invest in snow shoes or skis. 

Happy travels.  

MEETING LOCATIONS
 
Tuesday, January 19
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
State Transportation Building
Floor 2, Conference Rooms 1,2,3
10 Park Plaza. Boston
Topic: Late Night Service
 
Wednesday, January 20
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cambridge City Hall Council Chambers
795 Mass. Ave. Cambridge
Topic:  Late Night Service
 
Monday, January 25
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Breed Middle School
90 O’Callaghan Way. Lynn
Topics:  Fare Changes and Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Tuesday, January 26
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
West Middle School Auditorium
271 West St. Brockton
Topic:  Fare Changes
 
Wednesday, January 27
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Malden High School Auditorium
77 Salem St. Malden
Topics:  Fare Changes and Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Thursday, January 28
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Concord Town Hall
Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
22 Monument Sq. Concord
Topics:  Fare Changes and Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Monday, February 1
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Union Station
2 Washington Square. Worcester
Topics:  Fare Changes and Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Tuesday, February 2
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Public Hearing
State Transportation Building
Floor 2, Conference Rooms 1,2,3
10 Park Plaza. Boston
Topic:  Fare Changes
 
Wednesday, February 3
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mansfield High School Auditorium
250 East St. Mansfield
Topic: Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Wednesday, February 3
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Walnut Hill School
12 Highland St. Natick
Topic:  Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Thursday, February 4
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bigelow Middle School
42 Vernon St. Newton
Topic:  Fare Changes
 
Monday, February 8
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Coakley Middle School
1315 Washington St. Norwood
Topic:  Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Monday, February 8
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Woburn City Hall Council Room
10 Common St. Woburn
Topic:  Commuter Rail schedule changes
 
Tuesday, February 9
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Chelsea High School Auditorium
299 Everett Ave. Chelsea
Topic:  Fare Changes
 
Wednesday February 10
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Roxbury Community College
Media Arts Building 1
1234 Columbus Ave. Roxbury
Topic:  Fare Changes
 
Thursday, February 11
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Weymouth High School Auditorium
1 Wildcat Way. Weymouth
Fare Changes
 
Please visit www.mbta.com for more information about the MBTA and the schedule of public meetings.