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MBTA fare hike: T to hold public hearings ahead of proposed 5 percent increase

Before an MBTA fare hike of 5 percent goes into effect on July 1, transit users will be able to attend seven public meetings through April in Boston, Newton, Medford, Lynn and Braintree.

MBTA fare may go up on July 1, 2014. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro MBTA fare may go up on July 1, 2014. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

Two years after raising the cost of riding the MBTA by an average of 23 percent, the transit agency is planning another fare hike, and the T wants to know how riders feel about that.

Before fares increase by 5 percent on July 1, transit users will have the chance to attend seven public meetings through April in Boston, Newton, Medford, Lynn and Braintree. The meetings will center around the T's proposal, which includes increasing the fare for a monthly subway pass from $70 to $75, and increasing single-ride fares between 5 cents and 50 cents on bus, subway, commuter rail and boat.

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The first meetings are set to happen in Braintree and Boston on April 16, and the last one is scheduled in Medford on April 30. Written comments will also be accepted through April 30, according to the T.

The MBTA fare hikeis projected to raise MBTA fare revenue by approximately 4 percent - from $20 million to $24 million in new fare revenue, the T said.

It is also expected to result in less than a 1 percent reduction in ridership.

More details on the fare increase and meetings are available at www.mbta.com.

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