MBTA Plan Keeps Ferry, 92 Bus, Hikes Fares

Changes would take place July 1.

Charlestown bus and ferry service will remain as it is if the current Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority budget plan is approved this week, but ferry riders will see a sharp increase in fares.

The transit authority announced that ferry fares will increase by 35 percent under the current plan. Other than that, Charlestown resident should see no change in their commuter boats—though the T would eliminate weekend ferry service to Quincy.

Charlestown bus routes will similarly remain the same.

called for eliminating the Charlestown Ferry and the 92 bus route, along with three other bus routes that pass through Charlestown.

Overall, MBTA fares will rise 23 percent and four bus routes will be cut as part of the MBTA's final plan to close its $161 million budget gap, according to WBZ-TV.

Fourteen other bus routes would be modified.

If approved, the changes would begin on July 1.

Bus fares would rise to $1.50 from $1.25 and a subway ride would jump to $2 from $1.70. Monthly passes would rise from $59 to $70.

For students and seniors, bus fares will rise to 75 cents and subway rides will jump to $1. Also, the MBTA would start offering a 7-day student pass for $28.

No changes would be made for THE RIDE services, but fares would rise to $ 4or $5 depending on where you live and how far you would travel.


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