Mass. Senate passes MBTA bailout
Plan would avert bigger hikes, cuts
The state Senate agreed Tuesday to tap $49 million from a little-known state surplus to help the MBTA close its deficit for the coming year and avoid steeper fare increases and wider service cuts than those scheduled for July 1. The plan, approved on a 26-9 vote, largely falls in line with a measure approved by the House last week, meaning the bailout appears destined to receive Governor Deval Patrick’s signature before a June 30 deadline.