Join the discussion about MBTA fare-increase and service-decrease proposals

 

For a complete schedule of public meetings, click here.

You can also send a comment in written form; comments can be
e-mailed to: fareproposal@mbta.com
mailed to: Fare Proposal, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3810, Boston, MA 02116.

From the Mass.Gov Web site on January 3, 2012:

“MassDOT today released proposed fare increase and service reduction plans for the MBTA aimed at closing a projected $161 million budget gap for fiscal year 2013. [Editor’s note: go to this link to see the proposed scenarios of increases and service eliminations.]

“Earlier estimates projected the gap would total approximately $185 million for FY13.  The MBTA has taken aggressive steps to reduce that deficit: reducing energy purchase costs, planned introduction of single person train operation on the Red Line, encouraging MBTA employees to enroll in more affordable health insurance plans and other operating and administrative efficiencies.  However, growing debt service costs associated with capital projects, significant increases in maintenance costs for an aging fleet and higher costs for the RIDE mean additional solutions are necessary.

“The proposed fare increases and service reductions released today are aimed at closing the FY13 deficit.”

 

From the MBTA Web site section “About the MBTA”:

“Today the MBTA is serving more people more efficiently than ever before—with customers taking more than 1.3 million trips every weekday. Despite this, the T faces one of the most serious financial crises in its history.

“In Fiscal Year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013), available revenues are projected to be as much as $185 million below operating expenses. This structural deficit will continue to grow through Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond under current conditions. To maintain financial stability, the T will have to make decisions in the next few months that will significantly impact fares and service. This information describes in detail the options under consideration and how they will affect you.”