EXCLUDES THOSE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT AND FORCES MORE CARS ON
HOW ABOUT FIGURING OUT HOW TO GET FOLKS OUT OF THEIR CARS WITH BETTER SERVICE?
MBTA eyes fare and parking fee hikes to plug $111M deficit
Yes, another deficit at the MBTA – and officials are not ruling out possible fare and parking-lot fee hikes to cover the projected $111 million budget gap. The Globe’s Adam Vaccaro, CommonWealth’s Jack Sullivan and SHNS’s Andy Metzger (pay wall) have the details.
Next stop: New Bedford, Fall River and … Middleboro
Speaking of the T, CommonWealth magazine’s Jack Sullivan reports on why MBTA officials have decided to proceed with the phasing in of the new South Coast Rail line by running it through Middleboro, a move T officials say will mean a quicker start to service without extra costs. SHNS’s Andy Metzger and Colin Young (pay wall) have more on the line’s projected price tag and potential 2022 service start.
Gaming Commission punts on Wynn-Baker financial probe, Dems cry foul
Reacting to Dem gubernatorial candidates’ request that the state Gaming Commission investigate alleged financial ties between Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts, the Republican Governors Association and Gov. Charlie Baker, the commission’s executive director Ed Bedrosian said the matter would be more "appropriately handled by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance" and is "more within their jurisdiction," reports SHNS’s Katie Lannan. Jim Roosevelt, the state Democratic Party’s legal counsel, says the commission has it all wrong. In an editorial, the Herald is accusing Dems of “trying to gain traction in the race for governor” by attempting to confuse voters.