Riding the MBTA is Officially More Expensive
With little fanfare, the MBTA rolled out its new, increased rates today. The higher rates, implemented in an effort to help balance the T’s budget deficit, come on the heels of the longest streak of ridership growth in history with an average of 1.341 million passenger trips each weekday.
Now, a rapid transit or trolley Charlie Card will be $2.00 a single ride, up from $1.70, with a Charlie Card single bus ride at $1.50, up from $1.25. A Charlie ticket trolley ride will now be $2.50 rather than $2.00, and a Charlie ticket bus ride $2.00 up from $1.50. A monthly pass for rapid transit on the T will be $70, up from $59.00. Student rates and discount still apply and can be viewed on the MBTA website.
“This unprecedented ridership growth is a credit to all of the hard work we’ve done to deliver reliable, safe, and convenient service on a regular basis,” said Jonathan Davis, the T’s acting general manager, in a statement.
Though commuters might grumble about higher prices (and the momentary inconvenience of the new “front-door only” policy on the Green Line), a functional transit system is indispensable to the Boston way of life.
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