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    Cash-strapped T proposes 23 percent fare increase

    Widespread cutbacks in services avoided

    A trip on the subway would cost many riders an extra 30 cents, bus fares would climb 25 cents, and some commuter rail tickets could exceed $10 for the first time, under a budget-balancing plan announced Wednesday by the MBTA.

    Widespread service cuts were largely avoided, but weekend service would vanish on three commuter rail lines - two on the South Shore - and four bus routes would be eliminated.

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