WGBH News Focus: The MBTA

The Real Impact of MBTA Cuts: A Mattapan Story

By Toni Waterman   |   Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Jan. 17, 2012

BOSTON -- Even the most seasoned T rider has probably never heard of the Mattapan High Speed line: the old orange-and-tan above-ground trolley that connects Mattapan to Ashmont Station in Dorchester, which in turn connects to the rest of Boston.
Since it’s one of the lesser-used lines in the city, the MBTA is considering cutting its weekend service — a savings of $1.5 million a year. But for riders like Tasheaka Buchanan, the cut means one thing: being stranded.

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Davey: MBTA Fare Increase ‘on the Table’

By Frannie Carr   |   Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Sept. 14, 2011

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey says fare hikes may be needed to close the T's budget gap. (stevegarfield/Flickr)

BOSTON — A fare hike for the cash-strapped MBTA is “definitely on the table,” according to the state’s newly anointed transportation czar.

The T, which is $8 billion in debt and faces a $160 million budget shortfall next year, hasn’t had a fare increase in five years.

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About WGBH News Focus: The MBTA

Love it, like it or lump it, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority touches nearly everyone's lives in eastern Mass. And it's in financial crisis, with newly announced fare hikes not enough to cover next year's projected $100 million budget deficit. WGBH News features special focus coverage of the tracks and troubles of our public transit system.

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The Fare and Service Plan

On July 1, the T will introduce fare increases and service cuts to cover a $159 million budget gap for the next fiscal year. Read the plan on mbta.com.


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