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MBTA chief seeks budget that assumes more funds

BOSTON (AP) -- The head of the MBTA is asking the T's board of directors to approve a budget that assumes the Massachusetts Legislature will approve new revenue to avoid fare hikes or service reductions.

In a letter to the board, general manager Beverly Scott said the T's budget should include a "placeholder" for new revenue from the state.

The board is scheduled to vote April 10 on the Boston area transit system's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The vote will most likely occur before the Legislature decides on a financial fix for the state's transportation woes.

Scott wrote that T officials will continue to develop a contingency plan should the state funding not materialize.

T officials have warned of a 33 percent fare hike on top of last year's 23 percent increase.