BOSTON — In a move that will affect rail commuters using Westborough and Grafton T stations, Central Mass riders may find themselves paying more for a train ticket into Boston.
How do you feel about the proposed increase in MBTA rail fare?
Unacceptable – it's expensive enough already74%
I'm not happy, but it's a reasonable increase19%
The increase is needed and it's long overdue7%
MassDOT CEO Richard A. Davey and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis announced Wednesday, March 28, final proposals for cuts and increases to the state's commuter rail, bus, subway and other services.
The decision was made in response to a $185 million shortfall the transportation authority is facing.
"Today, we are proposing an overall 23 percent increase in fares, which will generate $72.9 million in revenue," the officials stated in a joint message on the MBTA Web site. "This is the first time in more than five years that the MBTA would raise fares."
As a result, commuter rail single trip and monthly passes would increase an average of 29 percent, depending on the zone of travel.