T: filling that Charlie card is gonna cost you more

The MBTA has opted to lean on higher prices rather than service cuts to close its $160 million deficit. Bus rides will go from $1.25 to $1.50, trips on the subway from $1.70 to $2, and a combined monthly pass would jump from $59 to $70. There will be some service reductions, but none that will affect Allston Brighton. The 64, 501 and 503 were spared. The MBTA board must still must approve this plan, but that is almost certain. The drama over T funding is not over, though, and next year’s legislative session looks to be an important one for T users.


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