MBTA Board approves reduced fare program

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By Zhihao Zhu

The MBTA Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan Thursday to implement reduced fares for low-income riders.

This new income-eligible program will boost fare affordability with 50% reduced one-way fares and passes. Riders between ages 26 to 64 earning less than $30,000 a year who participate in other existing assistance programs such as SNAP and MassHealth, but are not already in other reduced T fares programs like student and senior passes, are eligible to apply. Applications will be available in summer 2024.

“Expanding low-income fares will help to ensure that our transportation system is more equitable and more affordable, which supports the mission to give everyone greater access to mobility options, especially community members depending on transit,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt.

According to BostonDotCom, last year, Governor Maura Healey signed a budget that had $5 million for starting this program. She proposed the allocation of $45 million in funds through new taxes from high-income individuals to fund the program in a budget for the next fiscal year. The Legislature still has to approve it.