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MBTA wants funding; no cuts, fare hikes for now

New chief hopeful of legislative remedy in next two months

MBTA officials will hold off until at least March before resorting to fare increases or service cuts, waiting for lawmakers as they debate potential tax hikes to address the state’s long-simmering crisis in transportation funding, the T’s new general manager said Wednesday.

MBTA general manager Beverly Scott, in her first extended interview since starting last week, said she hopes lawmakers in the next two months will come up with new funding for the T, relieving pressure on the agency to once more raise fares or cut service to balance its budget.

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