A plan to increase Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority fares by 20% is now off the table as officials said they will wait for an outside review of the agency's finances before asking mass transit users to pay more on buses and trains.

The agency had planned on raising fares in December or January. In June, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Jim Aloisi told board members that even with a $160 million yearly state allocation, the MBTA would need additional revenue. Now, Aloisi said the agency will wait for a "top-to-bottom" evaluation of the authority's finances and the MBTA system before considering a boost in fares.

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