Amendment #90 to H.3382

Establishing a cap on fares

Mr. Garballey of Arlington move that the bill be amended by adding at the end thereof the following sections:



SECTION X. Section 5 of chapter 161A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (e) in its entirety and replacing it with the following new subsection:-

(e) The board shall not establish a fare in excess of 35 per cent of the regular adult cash fare for children between the ages of 5 and 19 years, inclusive, or for persons 65 and older who reside within the commonwealth, or for persons with disabilities who reside within the commonwealth. Any such fare so established shall provide for free transfer privileges.



SECTION X. Section 5 of said chapter 161A is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (r) the following subsection:

(s) The authority shall not increase fares more often than once every two years. An increase in fares shall not be greater than the per cent increase in average wages in the authority service area based on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages published by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and measured between the implementation date of the previous fare increase and the implementation date of the proposed fare increase.

SECTION 3. Section 8 of chapter 161B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the first sentence in subsection (d) the following text:

Fares shall not be increased more often than once every two years. An increase in fares shall not be greater than the per cent increase in average wages in the authority service area based on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages published by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and measured between the implementation date of the previous fare increase and the implementation date of the proposed fare increase. Fares shall not be in excess of 35 per cent of the regular adult cash fare for children between the ages of 5 and 19 years, inclusive, or for persons 65 and older who reside within the commonwealth, or for persons with disabilities who reside within the commonwealth. Any such fare so established shall provide for free transfer privileges.