MBTA GM says she isn't raising fares, yet

Posted: 03/20/13 at 6:05 pm EDT      Last Updated: 03/20/13 at 6:18 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- The MBTA addressed fears about raising rates to cut the $22 million deficit.

The head of the “T” said she is going to try and look somewhere else first, before she raises fares to cut the $22 million deficit.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said she is going to try and look somewhere else before she raises fares she doesn’t want to cut service because it drags down the economy.

“Over 50 percent of the people that are using our service on a regular basis are using that service to go to work, you got school, you got medical trips…So the notion of taking productive service at a point when our service is at an all-time high -- imagine what we’re doing at a loss for those individuals, for those people, if we’re not running,” said Scott.

Scott hasn’t ruled out fare hikes in the future.

The ‘T’ must finalize next year’s budget in early April.

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