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T budget plan calls for fare hikes, delayed repairs

As the MBTA nears its deadline to finalize next year’s budget, transportation officials ­detailed more clearly Tuesday how they plan to close the multimillion-­dollar operating deficit, a strategy that will probably include fare increases and defer­ring preventive maintenance.

T officials hope the austerity measures will not be necessary: Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed transportation funding plan would provide a $166 million injection ­into next year’s operating costs. But it will be months before legislators vote on the plan, and the T’s budget deadline is April 10.

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