About 130 people attended last week's Haverhill hearing with dozens testifying against the proposed cuts and fare increases. Many people, including several mentally and physically handicapped people, said the commuter train is their only way to get to Boston for jobs and medical appointments. Most said they also can't afford to pay more for public transportation.
MBTA has stepped up efforts to catch people who try to sneak on trains and buses without paying
Number of *$15 fare evasion tickets issued by the agency
Jan. 1 to March 6, 2011: 493
Jan. 1 to March 6, 2012: 925