Mass. lawmakers approve MBTA bailout, roads bill
BOSTON (AP) -- House and Senate lawmakers have approved an MBTA bailout and a second bill to maintain the state's roads and bridges.
The MBTA bill is designed to close the transit agency's remaining deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1 and stave off deeper cuts in service.
The T's board, faced with a $159 million deficit, has already voted to raise fares an average of 23 percent and reduce service, which officials estimate would cut the deficit by about two-thirds.
The bill calls for the state to transfer to the MBTA about $50 million from a state fund made of up motor vehicle inspection fees.
House and Senate lawmakers also approved a road and bridge bill Thursday.
The bill authorizes $200 million for the maintenance and upkeep of municipal roads and bridges across the state.