Boston transit agency offers free rides because of snow woes

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s embattled public transit agency is letting people ride for free for a day as a goodwill gesture following a winter of disastrous breakdowns.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says riders can skip the fare Friday for all modes of transportation, including trolleys, buses and commuter rail trains.

The MBTA also is offering 15 percent discounts on weekly and monthly passes in May to show appreciation for commuters.

The gesture will cost the agency an estimated $5 million in lost revenue.

Gov. Charlie Baker this week unveiled legislation to overhaul the MBTA. The bill would create a new financial control board to oversee the T through 2018.

Riders on Friday also will be offered discounts at local cultural attractions, retail stores and food outlets.

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