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MBTA Plans to Offer Half-Priced Fares for Low-Income Riders Later This Year

During Friday’s Audit and Finance Subcommittee meeting of the MBTA board of directors, MBTA officials announced their intention to implement a new half-priced fare for low-income riders within the next few months.

“These changes can be implemented of the course of the spring and the summer,” said Steven Povich, the MBTA’s Senior Director of Fare policy and Analytics.

The program would offer half-priced fares on every MBTA service – including commuter rail and The RIDE paratransit services – for riders who verify that their earnings are lower than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

In the Boston region, that eligibility income level would be $29,160 for a single-person household, or $60,000 for a household of four.

The program fulfills a campaign pledge from Governor Maura Healey, who also alluded to low-income fares during her State of the Commonwealth address earlier this week.

“We will establish a permanent, reduced fare for low-income T riders, and continue affordable options at regional transit authorities,” said the Governor in her speech at the State House Wednesday evening.

Read the full article at StreetsblogMASS.

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