BOSTON – Less than a week after fifteen members of the Central Massachusetts Caucus submitted a bipartisan letter to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that a community meeting will be held in the City of Worcester regarding the fare proposal.

The community meeting will take place at Worcester City Hall on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30PM.  Although the publicized public comment period regarding the fare proposal ends on February 28, 2019, the MBTA will be accepting comments through the Worcester community meeting.

Worcester is located within Zone 8 of the Commuter Rail fare table.  The proposed increase, which would take effect starting July 1, 2019, would raise the Zone 8 fare by $0.75 to $12.25 for a one-way ticket.  The increase would raise monthly Zone 8 Commuter Rail passes to $388.00.  The MBTA has based the proposed fare increases on the rate of inflation in the Boston area.  This uniform approach to raising fares across the MBTA system would result in a disproportionate impact for riders in the Central MA region.

The Fiscal and Management Control Board is expected to vote on the fare increases during a meeting scheduled for March 11, 2019.  For additional information about the proposal, visit: https://www.mbta.com/fare-proposal-2019.