Protest opposes proposed public transit fare hikes

Community members protested the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s proposed fare increases April 10 at the Department of Transportation building and at the Statehouse. Individuals signed a petition to Senate President Therese Murray to keep fares low. The MBTA faces a budget shortfall of $118 million for its next fiscal year, which would be offset by increased state funds, raising fares and cutting unpopular bus routes. Fares increased 23 percent last year for trains and buses, while the cost of the Ride for disabled patrons doubled to $4 from $2. Continue reading