Boston: MBTA might consider a combo of higher gas tax, rideshare tax and congestion pricing to help fund transit

Reducing the MBTA’s budget deficit next year and improving service will be possible thanks to new revenue from proposed fare increases, according to the authority. But one board member, aware of the pushback the hikes have drawn, wants the state to explore other ways of funding public transportation.

At the MBTA Board meeting on Monday, Brian Lang said it would be “completely wrongheaded” to generate new money for the system just by leaning more on commuters. Instead, he suggested, officials should pursue some combination of a higher gas tax, additional fees on ride-share services and a congestion pricing toll system.