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T belt-tightening would hurt health, study says

By David Abel and Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / March 13, 2012
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Proposals to cut MBTA service and raise fares could cost Boston-area commuters hundreds of millions of additional dollars and produce potentially dire health consequences, according to a report being released Tuesday by a regional planning group. The report from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council found that proposed fare hikes and service cuts to plug the T’s $161 million deficit would result in a surge of cars on the road, increasing pollution, crashes, and obesity, among other harsh impacts.

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