Mass. Senate to consider MBTA bailout bill

Tuesday June 19, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Beacon Hill lawmakers are set to resume work on a temporary financial fix for the MBTA.

The state Senate plans to take up a House-passed bill on Tuesday that would, among other things, transfer $49 million to the T from the state's Motor Vehicle Inspection Trust Fund.

The funds would help the Boston-area transit system close the remainder of what had been a $159 million deficit and avoid deeper cuts in service. The T's board of directors has already voted to raise fares an average of 23 percent starting July 1.

The bailout bill would also provide some financial help for other struggling regional transit authorities.

The House version of the measure also calls for stiffer fines for fare evaders and a study of whether Massport could assume operation of commuter boats.


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