The state Department of Transportation today approved an average 5% increase in T fares, starting in July. The Globe has details.
The department also voted to spend $118 million - half to come from the feds - to buy 24 new Green Line cars in anticipation of the opening of the Green Line Extension one of these years.
The new cars will be built by CAF, which will manufacture the shells and frames in Spain and then ship them to Elmira, NY for final assembly. The new cars will be delivered between late 2017 and late 2018.
In addition, the T will buy 40 hybrid buses from New Flyer, to replace buses built in 1994 and 1995. About 80% of the $38 million cost of the order will come from the federal government. The T expects to save money on fuel and on the contract itself, which involves picking up options on a contract Connecticut has for the same basic type of buses. They'll join 25 other hybrid buses the T has had in service since 2009.
The board is expected to vote later this year on proposals to buy 74 new Red Line cars and 152 new Orange Line cars.