News > Fare Increase Process Begins

The MassDOT Finance Committee meets on January 3rd in the MBTA Boardroom to preview the FY2013 budget revenue need. The Full MassDOT Board meets on January 4th and a full house of transit advocates and riders is expected. This will be the kick off of the debate on the FY2013 budget. For the first time, the prospect of fare increases and service cuts may face the MBTA's customers. It is difficult to imagine how the MBTA can balance its budget even with these measures.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Regan

Paul, has anyone looked at the Town assessments formula under CHAPTER 161A - Section 9. Instead of putting all the burden on the riders, an increase to the assessments paid by the communities served could help too. 25 communities pay less for their assessment than the MBTA paid for Paratransit costs alone, especially the towns outside the core communities.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Yes, there are some transit advocates who want to look at Assessments as part of an overall solution to transit financing.I have heard proposals that range from tying assessments to expansion costs to keeping the same formula with a different multiplyer to increase the amount payed by each community. None of this can happen without an act of the legislature: the assessments and the assessment formula is set in law and the legislature would have to change it. Also, you have to be careful about any Prop. two and a half inplications if assessments are to rise fasterthan 2.5% a year overall.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Regan