YouSpeak: T Fare Hikes
What impact will the increase have on you?
Last week, after three months of often-contentious public hearings, the MBTA approved plans to increase T fares and monthly pass prices by an average of 23 percent, effective July 1. For those with a CharlieCard, subway rides will rise from $1.70 to $2, and bus rides will increase from $1.25 to $1.50. For those without a CharlieCard, subway fares will rise from $2 to $2.50 and bus fares from $1.50 to $2.
The MBTA argues that it’s been five years since they’ve hoisted fees and that the increase is necessary to close a looming budget deficit of $161 million. Critics say the increase, while far short of the 40 percent hikes that had been rumored earlier this year, will unfairly impact disabled riders who use the Ride, the T’s door-to-door vehicle service. Fares for that service will increase from $2 to as much as $5 per ride. Others argue that the fare hike fails to provide any long-term solution to the MBTA’s ongoing budget woes.
This week’s “YouSpeak” asks: What do you think of the T’s fare hikes?
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