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MBTA Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Likely Coming Soon

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BOSTON (CBS) – A fare hike and service cuts on the “T” are closer to becoming a reality.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Don Huff reports.

With a projected $160 million budget deficit in next year’s budget, acting “T” general manager Jon Davis said they’ve done just about everything they can to cut costs, and now they’re looking at all options to bridge the gap.

“We look at revenues. That primarily means we’d need to look at fares and the level of service we’re providing,” said Davis.

Davis adds personnel cuts are also on the table.

“We would take a look at other opportunities for cost efficiencies and productivity improvements without impacting service,” said Davis.

Davis emphasizes nothing is final yet, but if a fare hike is needed, there would be public hearings, and it would be put into effect July 1 of next year.

There has not been a fare hike on the “T” since 2007.

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