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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Fare game

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NEWTON

The MBTA's New Year's resolution is apparently to use the Green Line (and other subways, buses and trains) to bring in more green.

A new fare structure will be in place starting Jan. 1, along with new CharlieCards and CharlieTickets. Cash will still be accepted in some buses and trains, but tokens have been phased out.

The new fares will affect the Green Line, commuter rail, express and local bus service in Newton. For example:

* The cost of a monthly link pass, which allows for unlimited subway and local bus service, will now cost $59.

* The cost of an express bus ride to Downtown Boston will rise to $2.20 each way.

* The cost of a monthly commuter rail pass will be $106 for Zone 1 (Newtonville) and $118 for Zone 2 (Auburndale and West Newton). Single one-way tickets will cost $3.25 in Zone 1 and $3.50 in Zone 2.

-- Connie Paige

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