Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials are expected to vote to approve an increase in fares for public transportation throughout the Commonwealth Wednesday.
Back in March, the MBTA proposed to increase fares by 5 percent. If approved these increases would go into effect on July 1 as part of the efforts to balance the Authority’s FY15 budget.
Meetings were held throughout the region over the past two months to allow commuters to chime in on the proposed increases.
What does this mean to commuters if approved?
- Fares for subways and bus lines are expected to see a 10 cent increase.
- The cost for a monthly passes would rise by $5
- Student five-day and seven-day monthly passes will both be available for $26 representing a $1 increase over today’s five-day pass and a $2 decrease to today’s seven-day pass costs.
- Fares on THE RIDE are not proposed for increases and are expected to stay at the current $3 for base ADA trips and $5 fo premium trips.
The last fare hike was in 2012, when fares jumped 23 percent to help the transportation system close a huge budget gap.View the full proposal on fare changes on the MBTA’s website >>>