POLL: How Do You Feel About the MBTA's Approved Fare Hikes?
The plan, effective July 1, includes a 23 percent rise in fares and a cut in service.
When the vote was heard, the room filled with the shouts of "Shame on You!"
That was the initial public reaction on Thursday to the MBTA's approval of a plan that aims to boost fares 23 percent and cut service back to help rectify a $161 million deficit.
MBTA board members approved the plan in a 4-1 vote, which would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. The new fares are effective July 1.
There's been a mix of reaction from Patch readers over the issue, even since the MBTA's first two proposals, which looked to increase fares by up to 43 percent and make drastic cuts to service on the commuter rail at night and on weekends.
So, now that the new plan has been approved, what do you think? Are you surprised? Let us know in today's poll and weigh in with comments below.