• MBTA: Corporate sponsorships won't fix budget

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    BOSTON (AP) - The MBTA says two kinds of corporate sponsorships will bring in an extra $1 million in the current fiscal year - not enough to put a real dent in the agency's budget deficit.

    The report said under one contract, the MBTA will receive $795,000 for the use of three so-called "wallscapes" at the South Station Bus Terminal, the Massachusetts Avenue Vent Shaft, and the Courthouse Silver Line Station.

    A second contract will bring in $250,000 for the use of bus shelters by a company that maintains the shelters and sells advertising.

    The MBTA has an estimated $115 million deficit. A series of tax increases, including a 3 cent-per-gallon hike in the gas tax, are designed to close the gap.

    MBTA naming rights have been contentious, with critics saying they take diminish the city's history.

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