Governor, Lawmakers In Dispute Over T Fare Increases

Nicole Dungca, The Boston Globe

But Rafael Mares, a senior vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, said the governor’s change would take away the predictability that legislators want for riders.

Under the Legislature’s language, riders would know to expect a hike no higher than 7 percent every two years.

With the governor’s language, some commuters could see an increase of more than 7 percent for the fares or passes they use, and the hikes could come at any time.

“The idea is to make it so that it’s expected, and people can plan for it, and there isn’t a shock to the system,” he said. “People do plan how to spend their money, and it’s hard for them to adjust when those changes happen in an unpredictable fashion.”

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