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Transit Fare Hikes Rejected


Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Fare increases recommended by the administrator of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority , to take effect a year from now, were rejected Wednesday by the authority’s governing board.  A coalition of groups representing the elderly, the disabled and the poor had organized to campaign against the fare hikes. John Bennett, chapter president with the Massachusetts Senior Action Council pledged to work with PVTA officials to secure more state funding..

            The legislature last week approved a $51 million dollar bailout for the state’s transit authorities to avert steep fare hikes and service cuts that would have affected riders beginning next month..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.