The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which aims to boost transit fares by 10% to 20% in the fall, yesterday approved moving forward with a public hearing process on the planned price hike.

After the agency’s monthly board meeting, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi told reporters that the MBTA would need to increase fares by 10% to 20% this fall even if the legislature allocates $160 million to the authority to help it meet expenditures, according to Aloisi spokesman Colin Durrant.

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