Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-1175-R3

3rd Redraft TRP 1175

Readville Commuter Rail

Messrs. Rush and Boncore moved that the proposed new text be amended  by inserting after section 46 the following section:-

“SECTION 46A.  The Massachusetts department of transportation shall complete a comprehensive review and study of the current methods utilized to set fare rates on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail. The study shall include, but not be limited to an examination of: (i) the fairness and equity of the current distance based fare system that utilizes fare zones; (ii) pricing based on track distance from the terminal station; (iii) the impacts of fare price on passengers’ choices between commuter rail, MBTA bus or subway service or motor vehicle transportation at commuter rail stations that have both types of service, including a comparison of frequency of service, travel time and parking costs; (iv) the potential for lower interzone fares to encourage ridership outside core central stations; (v) the potential for discounted fares for riders in gateway cities or similarly situated municipalities; and (vi) the potential for utilizing a variable pricing system based on the time of day.

To complete the study, the department shall utilize, to the extent possible, updated passenger counts at all commuter rail stations for the most recent calendar year, including data collected using an automated passenger count system from all commuter rail cars. The MBTA shall use the outcome of the study and the data collection to inform fare policy decisions. The department shall submit a written report of its findings, including recommendations, with the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives, the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means and the chairs of the joint committee on transportation not later than Janaury 1, 2019.”