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MBTA proposes fare hikes, cuts in services

Increases could average 43 percent

The MBTA would raise subway fares by up to 70 cents and dramatically cull bus routes, eliminate ferries, and end weekend commuter rail trains under a plan unveiled yesterday to help erase a projected $161 million deficit.

MBTA officials stressed that details could change after a string of public hearings through February. But after 5 1/2 years of staving off fare increases and maintaining or increasing services, they said changeappears inevitable when the next budget year begins July 1.

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