(NECN) – The proposed MBTA fare hikes and service cuts may not only hurt your wallet but also your health.
The metropolitan area planning council will release a report outlining how implementing those cuts will inevitably lead to a surge of cars on the road, which they say in turn will increase air pollution, deadly accidents and even contribute to obesity.
Meanwhile, months of public outcry on the T's two proposed plans to help close its $161 million budget gap may be forcing the agency to come up with another solution.
“It will definitely not be either scenarios that we have out there for comment right now,” said Jonathan Davis. “However, we do still have the stark reality of having to close $161 million dollars.”
The MBTA’s financial woes come after back-to-back years of record breaking T ridership.