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About the 2019 MBTA Fare Proposal

Why is the MBTA Proposing New Fares?

While the MBTA continues to focus on controlling costs and growing non-fare revenue, this proposed increase, which is in line with the rate of inflation in the Boston area, is necessary for the Authority to continue making system investments to improve service.

State law allows the MBTA to raise fares at regular, modest increments, limiting increases to once every 2 years and a cap of no more than 7% for each increase.

The MBTA has not raised fares since 2016, and is proposing an increase of an average of 6.3% across all fares. If adopted the increase would take effect July 1, 2019. The MBTA is conducting outreach and taking public comment on the proposal at a series of public meetings and online through February 28, 2019.

What is the Fare Proposal?

The MBTA is proposing to increase fares by an average of 6.3% starting on July 1, 2019.

See how your fares will change

Share Your Feedback

Before the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board votes on fares in March, we'd like to get your feedback.

Submit comments online

Share your comments through February 28, 2019.

Attend a public meeting

Learn more about and offer feedback on the fare proposal, Better Bus Project, and new fare payment system (AFC 2.0).

Learn more about community meetings

LocationTopicsDate and Time
LocationFraminghamTopicsFare proposalDate and TimeWednesday, February 13
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LocationChelseaTopicsFare proposal
Better Bus Project
AFC 2.0
Date and TimeTuesday, February 19
6 PM – 8 PM
LocationQuincy CenterTopicsFare proposal
Better Bus Project
AFC 2.0
Date and TimeWednesday, February 20
6 PM – 8 PM
LocationWoburnTopicsFare proposalDate and TimeThursday, February 21
6 PM – 8 PM
LocationSouth BostonTopicsFare proposal
Better Bus Project
AFC 2.0
Date and TimeMonday, February 25
6 PM – 8 PM
LocationHarvard SquareTopicsFare proposal
Better Bus Project
AFC 2.0
Date and TimeTuesday, February 26
6 PM – 8 PM
LocationDowntown BostonTopicsFare proposal public hearingDate and TimeWednesday, February 27
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LocationWatertownTopicsFare proposal
Better Bus Project
AFC 2.0
Date and Time

Monday, March 4
6 PM – 8 PM

(rescheduled from February 12 due to weather)

LocationWorcesterTopics

Fare proposal

Date and TimeWednesday, March 6
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LocationDowntown BostonTopicsFare proposal
Better Bus Project
AFC 2.0
Date and TimeThursday, March 7
6 PM – 8 PM

Contact us

Please note that the deadline for comments is February 28, 2019.

By Email

fares@mbta.com

By Mail

MBTA
Attention: Fare Proposal
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

Learn More About the Fare Proposal