MBTA To Consider Possible Fare Hike

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is scheduled to discuss a possible rate hike during a Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting Monday. 

The Boston City Council is planning on holding a hearing regarding the possible hike, according to City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu. The hearing has yet to be scheduled.

If instituted, the increase would be the fourth since 2012. Wu said the proposed fare hike is a regressive tax on the individuals who can afford it the least.

“We pay almost $90 million a year, annually, to the MBTA and currently have no voice in the governance about the budget or the fair structure,” Wu said.

Legally, the MBTA can raise fares every two years.

“We are punishing those who can least afford it, and who are already doing the most to reduce traffic on our streets,” Wu said.

When asked for comment, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said WBZ NewsRadio1030 is "welcome to attend Monday's board meeting." 

Stay with WBZ NewsRadio1030 (@wbznewsradio) for updates. 

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Bill Marcus (@BillMarcusWBZ) reports

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