Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment
Allows 7% increase on any fare, pass every 2 years
The Massachusetts Senate both and House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendment to a proposed new cap on MBTA fare hikes on Thursday night.
The Legislature had sent the governor a new fare cap of up to 7 percent every two years on any individual fare or pass. The governor’s amendment agreed to the 7 percent cap, but sought an increase that would average out to an overall 7 percent, allowing individual passes and fares to rise by more.Current law allows fares to be raised by up to 10 percent. Fares increased an average of 9.3 percent on July 1.
Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka said the governor’s amendment could also be interpreted to allow fare increases more often than once every two years.