MBTA Fare Hikes Take Effect Amid Ongoing Issues With Service

A fare hike for the MBTA is slated to go into effect Monday amid ongoing issues with the service.

The increased prices were proposed in January and approved in March after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to boost fares at an average of 6%.

Subway fares will be increased by 15 cents and the price for a Monthly LinkPass will cost an additional $5.50. The fare hike comes after a Green Line train and a Red Line train derailed in separate incidents within a month. Red Line repairs are expected to be complete around Labor Day.

Plans to move forward with the added prices did not sit well with some and demonstrators protested on Sunday at the Boston Common to voice their opposition.

Several city politicians joined in the movement.

“We need to stick together and put pressure on the state to make sure we are adequately investing in our communities,” Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said on Sunday.

“We are at a crisis in Massachusetts when it comes to public transit — it’s not just that the T is falling apart. It’s that it’s driving people into cars, and traffic is getting worse by the day,” City Councilor Michelle Wu said.

Bus fares are not included in this round of increases, but overall, commuters will see an average increase of close to six percent across the system. For example, fares for the T will jump to $2.40 for a one-way trip.

MBTA officials expect to bring in nearly $30 million of new revenue, which they say would help keep the deficit down.

Some fares will remain the same. This includes local bus one-way fare, local bus monthly pass, reduced one-way fares for local bus and subways, as well as reduced monthly passes for youth, student, senior and TAP.

More protests are expected for Monday. Participants plan to be at every station stop during the morning rush hour to get people to engage in this conversation.

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