MBTA planning to drop fares on Friday as a goodwill gesture

Gov. Baker will introduce legislation to overhaul MBTA

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BOSTON (AP) — MBTA riders will be able to travel free without hopping a turnstile for one day later this week.

On Friday, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is offering free fares. It’s a goodwill gesture for riders who struggled with service delays and shutdowns during the winter’s unprecedented snowfalls.

The free fares apply to all modes of transportation including trolleys, buses and commuter rail trains. The T has also called for a 15 percent discount on monthly MBTA passes purchased for the month of May. The total cost to the agency was estimated at $5 million in lost revenue.

Gov. Charlie Baker is also expected to unveil legislation to overhaul the MBTA this week.

The legislation is expected to include recommendations from an MBTA review panel he convened, including the creation of a financial control board to oversee the T.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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