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    Transportation Secretary: MBTA fares may rise again

    Train and bus riders will see more fare increases and service cuts in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system next year unless the state finds a long-term solution to its transportation funding woes, Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey is telling local chambers of commerce.

    Davey, who spoke Thursday in Norton to the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, has been spreading his message at chamber meetings, according to spokeswoman Sara Lavoie. 

    This year brought both a fare increase and one-time emergency state aid for the financially struggling MBTA. South of Boston, communities are planning for an expansion of commuter rail, and the state recently awarded technical assistance grants to 15 municipalities linked to the South Coast Rail project. Among the recipients were Bridgewater, which is getting $11,000 to improve parking, traffic, and pedestrian safety; Foxborough, $15,500 to help accommodate downtown growth; Freetown, $10,000 to develop regulations for mixed-use development; Raynham, $10,000 to develop a mixed-used overlay district bylaw, and Wareham, $15,000 for assistance with station area planning.

    Jennette Barnes