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Passengers on the MBTA’s The Ride feel the pinch of higher fares

Grocery shopping has gotten more complicated for Bob Hachey this summer. Blind since birth, he lives in a Waltham apartment more than 4 miles from the Costco where he likes to shop since he and his wife both lost their jobs.

He used to take The Ride, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s door-to-door service for the disabled, to the big-box store. But since The Ride’s one-way fare doubled July 1, going from $2 to $4, shopping at Costco — not reachable by bus — has become a more costly proposition for Hachey. And his other option, a taxi, would cost even more.

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