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T budget cuts opposed

February 19, 2012
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Lexington selectmen are voicing opposition to service cuts proposed by the MBTA, including one scenario that would eliminate $80,000 in funding for the town’s Lexpress minibus system. Selectmen sent a letter to the MBTA this month that opposes the cut to Lexpress funding, as well as the proposed elimination of the 62 and 76 bus routes, which serve Lexington and make key stops, including the Alewife subway station, the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital, and Hanscom Air Force Base. The proposed service cuts each fall under the MBTA’s “Scenario 2’’ proposal that also includes fare hikes for bus and subway service as the T tries to offset a budget deficit of $161 million. The MBTA’s “Scenario 1’’ proposal includes far fewer service cuts, but larger fare increases. Selectmen argued that many Lexington residents commute using the 62 and 76 buses, and eliminating the service will affect the already congested Route 2, according to the board’s letter to the MBTA. Lexpress, the town’s minibus system that has been operating for more than 30 years, provided 70,000 rides in Fiscal Year 2011 and if the MBTA cuts funding, selectmen wrote, the town would be faced with adding $80,000 to its “already significant tax levy.” - Brock Parker

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