MBTA board OKs fare hikes, service cuts
April 4, 2012
By Richard Weir, Boston Herald
It will cost more to ride the T after the MBTA’s board of directors today approved an average 23 percent increase in fares despite vocal protests from riders.
To cries of “Shame on you, shame on you” from the crowd, the board voted 4-1 to approve a number of fare increases and service cuts that MBTA acting General Manager Jonathan Davis outlined last week to close a $161 million budget gap.
The fare hikes and cuts have sparked protests — a “Save the T” vigil was held overnight last night on the steps of the State House and demonstrators gathered outside the state Transportation Building today before the board’s meeting.