Boston’s subway, bus fares compared to other cities

03-26-11: Cambridge, MA: Red Line subway platform at the Kendall/MIT MBTA station at Kendall Sq. in Cambridge, Mass. March 26, 2011, showing the area between the tracks where the Kendall Band artwork chimes were removed for repair. (They hung from the rack shown that hangs from the ceiling between the tracks.) The musical artwork was operated by waiting passengers. photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Eric Moskowitz, Metro (27starts )

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The Red Line subway platform at the Kendall/MIT MBTA station at Kendall Square.

Facing a $161 million deficit for the coming year, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority unveiled a pair of proposals this week to cut costs and raise money by hiking fares and eliminating some service.

While saying they were reluctant to do either, T officials also pointed out that they had not raised fares since Jan. 1, 2007, a five-year gap in which many other transit systems raised fares and reduced service.

Here’s how the T’s existing and proposed subway and bus fares compare with those of other urban systems.

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