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MBTA Fares Could Double for Dedham Riders

Dedham commuters could see a 47 percent increase.

If you rely heavily on public transportation out of Dedham, you'd better get ready for some changes.

According to the state's transportation website, there are two MBTA scenarios for the near future and both would feature fare increases and cuts to services. Those cuts could include elimination of commuter rail services after 10 p.m. during the week and completely on the weekend.

"While the MBTA continues to identify and adopt strict measures to close the budget gap, less costly ways of doing business and additional revenue-generating measures are necessary," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. "I am confident with the public’s involvement in this process we can review the study, propose recommendations, and together generate new revenue to continue the progress the MBTA has made in serving its customers.”

The first scenario would include an increase of 47 percent, and the second a spike of 37 percent. Both would mean cuts or eliminations to commuter rail services.

Dedham riders who pay $4.50 for a single ride could pay as much as $7 per trip under the first proposal and $6.50 under the second.

How much of an impact would commuter rail reductions impact you? Would an increase in cost make it more likely that you would avoid public transportation?

Let us know your thoughts on the changes in the comments section below.

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