Starting July 1, a subway rider using a
Charlie Card will see the fare increase from $1.70 to $2, while bus
fares will increase from $1.25 to $1.50. A one-way trip on the Hingham
commuter boat will increase from $6 to $8, while commuter rail fares
will increase by about 29 percent. Parking fees also will go up at some
locations. The fare increase systemwide averages 23 percent.
The MBTA’s board of directors last week approved fare increases, as
well as reduced service on bus, commuter rail, and ferry lines and the
rapid transit Green Line, in order to close a $160 million budget gap
for next fiscal year. South of Boston, cuts included elimination of
weekend service on the Fore River Shipyard ferry in Quincy, the
Greenbush and Kingston/Plymouth branches of the Old Colony Railroad, the
Needham commuter rail line, and the 245 bus, which runs from Mattapan
through Milton to Quincy Center.