MBTA Final Fare, Service Recomendation
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey and Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis Wednesday announced their recommended proposal for closing the MBTA’s $185 million budget gap for next fiscal year.
The proposal includes administrative efficiencies, fare increases, service changes and one-time revenues.
In addition, Secretary Davey and GM Davis announced that the MBTA is moving forward on a number of fronts to make riding the T more convenient for its 1.3 million daily riders. The MBTA will build on open data efforts in the coming weeks to make real time data available by text at bus stops.
The T is also working to bring “countdown clocks” to key MBTA stations as recently tested at Logan Airport’s Terminal C
The final proposal recommends an average fare increase of 23 percent and would be the first MBTA fare increase in five years. The plan includes the elimination of just four weekday bus routes, a revised schedule for 14 other routes, and elimination of one weekend ferry and weekend service on three commuter rail lines.
The final proposal to be submitted for MBTA board approval April 4th follows more than two months of public meetings where 6,000 customers weighed in on proposals submitted to the board by MBTA staff in January.
“The proposal we put forth today reflects our current fiscal reality and the feedback we heard from customers,” said Secretary Davey. “We have put forth a solution that limits the impact on riders for one year but I encourage everyone to remain engaged in helping us find a long-term fix for the T’s budget challenges.”
Details are available on the MBTA website