Sharon commuters face a $35 increase for their MBTA commuter rail station quarterly parking pass starting this summer. The quarterly parking fee will be increased from $50 to $85, effective on the quarter starting July 1. Those passes will be available June 1.
Starting July 1, a subway rider using a
Charlie Card will see the fare increase from $1.70 to $2, while bus
fares will increase from $1.25 to $1.50. A one-way trip on the Hingham
commuter boat will increase from $6 to $8, while commuter rail fares
will increase by about 29 percent. Parking fees also will go up at some
locations. The fare increase systemwide averages 23 percent.
The MBTAâ€™s board of directors last week approved fare increases, as
well as reduced service on bus, commuter rail, and ferry lines and the
rapid transit Green Line, in order to close a $160 million budget gap
for next fiscal year. South of Boston, cuts included elimination of
weekend service on the Fore River Shipyard ferry in Quincy, the
Greenbush and Kingston/Plymouth branches of the Old Colony Railroad, the
Needham commuter rail line, and the 245 bus, which runs from Mattapan
through Milton to Quincy Center.