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MBTA to gather feedback on fare hike proposals, other issues

Craig F. Walker/Globe staff

Commuters rode a Red Line train through Park Street last month.

By Nicole Dungca Globe Staff 

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will hold 10 public meetings through February to gather feedback on its new fare hike proposals.

On Monday, the control board that oversees the MBTA voted to collect input on two proposals that could increase fares and pass prices anywhere from 4 to 23 percent. The proposals would also lower some fares more than 25 percent.

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The control board that oversees the MBTA is expected to vote on the increases in March. Officials are required to hold public meetings before fare increases go into effect in July. The meetings on fare hikes will run between Monday, Jan. 25, and Thursday, Feb. 11.

The MBTA has also released an online tool that allows riders to compare their current fare prices to the new proposals, in both English and Spanish. Comments can also be submitted through the tool.

In addition, the MBTA will hold meetings on commuter rail schedule changes and the likely cancellation of late-night service, other heated subjects that the agency is taking on at the same time.

For all meetings, you can request translators by calling 617-222-3200.

Fare hike meetings:

Monday, Jan. 25

6 to 8 p.m.

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Breed Middle School

90 O’Callaghan Way

Lynn

Tuesday, Jan. 26

6 to 8 p.m.

West Middle School Auditorium

271 West St.

Brockton

Wednesday, Jan. 27

6 to 8 p.m.

Malden High School Auditorium

77 Salem St.

Malden

Thursday, Jan. 28

6 to 8 p.m.

Concord Town Hall

Hearing Room, 2nd Floor

22 Monument Square

Concord

Monday, Feb. 1

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Union Station

2 Washington Square

Worcester

Tuesday, Feb. 2

5 to 7 p.m.

State Transportation Building

Floor 2, Conference Rooms 1, 2, 3

10 Park Plaza

Boston

Thursday, Feb. 4

6 to 8 p.m.

Bigelow Middle School

42 Vernon St.

Newton

Tuesday, Feb 9

6 to 8 p.m.

Chelsea High School Auditorium

299 Everett Ave.

Chelsea

Wednesday, Feb. 10

6 to 8 p.m.

Roxbury Community College

Media Arts Building 1

1234 Columbus Ave.

Roxbury

Thursday, Feb. 11

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Weymouth High School Auditorium

1 Wildcat Way

Weymouth

You can also submit written comments through Feb. 12 to MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee. Comments will also be accepted online at mbta.com; by email at fareproposal@mbta.com; or by phone at (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.

Late night service meetings:

Tuesday, Jan. 19

5 to 7 p.m.

State Transportation Building

Floor 2, Conference Rooms 1, 2, 3

10 Park Plaza

Boston

Wednesday, Jan. 20

5 to 7 p.m.

Cambridge City Hall Council Chambers

795 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge

You can also submit written comments through Feb. 12 by mail to MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Late-Night Service Committee.

Comments may also be submitted online at mbta.com; by email at latenightservice@mbta.com; or by phone at (617) 222-5146.

Commuter rail schedules meetings:

Monday, Jan. 25

6 to 8 p.m.

Breed Middle School

90 O’Callaghan Way

Lynn

Wednesday, Jan. 27

6 to 8 p.m.

Malden High School Auditorium

77 Salem St.

Malden

Thursday, Jan. 28

6 to 8 p.m.

Concord Town Hall

Hearing Room, 2nd Floor

22 Monument Square

Concord

Monday, Feb. 1

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Union Station

2 Washington Square

Worcester

Wednesday, Feb. 3

6 to 8 p.m.

Mansfield High School Auditorium

250 East St.

Mansfield

Wednesday, Feb. 3

6 to 8 p.m.

Walnut Hill School

12 Highland St.

Natick

Monday, Feb. 8

6 to 8 p.m.

Coakley Middle School

1315 Washington St.

Norwood

Monday, February 8

6 to 8 p.m.

Woburn City Hall Council Room

10 Common St.

Woburn


Nicole Dungca can be reached at nicole.dungca@globe.com
Follow her on Twitter @ndungca.