MBTA Says Pandemic Will Affect Fare Revenue For Years To Come

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) - At a public MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting, the MBTA said it its fare revenues likely wouldn't reach pre-pandemic levels until at least 2026.

MBTA General Manager Steven Poftak says the agency will need to rely on federal stimulus funding and a tight-fisted spending policy to keep afloat. He says the agency won't be relying on state aid.

Some lawmakers have questioned whether the MBTA needs fares at all - saying some or all of the service should be free - but Poftak pushed back on that notion today, calling fare revenue "an integral part" of the agency's finances.

"It's not something the MBTA could do without," he said.

WBZ's Karen Regal (@Karenregal) has more details:

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