MBTA is urged to shield bus riders, seniors, students from fare hikes

Adam Vaccaro | Boston Globe

Bus riders, senior citizens, and students may yet see a reprieve from the MBTA fare hike, after members of the transit system’s board of directors asked it to consider keeping rates stable for those riders.

Monday’s discussion about the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s proposed 6.3 percent fare increase also sparked sharp words from one director, Brian Lang, who said the state must consider other sources of revenue to invest in the T rather than repeatedly raising rates.

T board wary of go-it-alone fare hike

Bruce Mohl | Commonwealth Magazine

FACING PUSHBACK FROM THE PUBLIC  and transportation advocates on a proposed 6.3 percent average MBTA fare increase, some members of the transit agency’s oversight board signaled on Monday that they may not rubber-stamp the increase.

…Many of the advocates, including TransitMatters, said fares should only go up if T service improves and other modes of transportation (ride-sharing apps, personal vehicles) are also facing higher charges…