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Boston SUMOs, your summer just got a bit more expensive ... take a gander at the MBTA's "solutions" to their 2013 budget, and how it will affect your travels this season.
Now listed on the MBTA website, these new fare changes are affective on July 1st and are as follows:
For a SINGLE ride...
Train prices are up to $2.00 with a Charlie Card, and $2.50 with a Charlie Ticket
Bus prices are up to $1.50 with a Charlie Card, and $2.00 with a Charlie Ticket (or cash)
Commuter Rail prices are now between $2-11 (with a $3 surcharge for tickets purchased on the train instead of at the ticket booth)
Commuter Ferry prices are now between $8-16
More Information about SINGLE rides.
More Information about Commuter services.
For Weekly/Monthly T Passes...
7 Day passes for the Bus and Train are now $18
Monthly passes for the Bus ($48) and Train are now $70
Monthly passes for the Commuter Rail are are now between $70 - $345
Monthly passes for the Commuter Ferry are now $262
Back in January and February the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority reported these plans to the press in order to reduce their debts, and positively influence their 2013 budget. In this report the MBTA claimed that they planned on cutting some train and bus services all together, while also planning on increasing the prices for ticketing.
This caused a major uproar in urban communities, bringing together all matter of citizens greatly affected by the change (see College Students Say WTF to Fare Hikes). Although SOME arguements were met - this didn't stop the MBTA from hiking up their prices, and cutting into our pockets this summer and for all the seasons to come. For now, Bostonians will be left to pay for the poor management mistakes of the MBTA... but all I can think is WTF?
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