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MBTA budget calls for fare hikes if no new state aid

Massachusetts transportation officials Thursday backed a $1.8 billion budget for the ­MBTA that calls for a substantial increase in state funding to bridge a yawning deficit and avoid steep fare hikes.

The debt-ridden agency faces a $118 million shortfall for the next fiscal year, and MBTA leaders have warned that an ­infusion of state aid is needed to avoid sharp budget cuts and hefty fare increases.

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