The MBTA Board has approved an FY10 budget that is balanced only if additional revenues are found. Without revenues, other actions such as service reductions and fare increases would be necessary. The Governor's reform plan dedicates 6 cents of the gas tax to maintain existing T services.
From the Budget Summary:
"The fiscal 2010 budget, although balanced, relies on an additional dedicated revenue source from the Commonwealth of $160 million. The Authority has already begun making contingency plans for a combination of a fare increase and service cuts for the next fiscal year in the event of there being insufficient dedicated revenues."
Read the budget summary.
The T hopes to avoid the unfortunate reality in other cities, as shown here.
Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22
MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project. Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops. The bridge closure is …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure
MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22
The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86 …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service
Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!