MBTA: Fare hikes needed to cover budget deficit

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The MBTA says it has two options when it comes to handling a budget shortfall: increase fares or cut back on maintenance.

The MBTA faces an April 10 budget deadline. As of now, the transit agency is facing a $117 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.
    
General Manager Beverly Scott said Tuesday that fare hikes are better than service cuts because they can be rolled back if Governor Deval Patrick's new transportation bill is approved.
    
The bill would give the MBTA an additional $166 million for next year's budget.