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By Andy Metzger

BOSTON, FEB. 12, 2018....The MBTA's projected budget gap is expected to grow to $111 million in fiscal 2019, MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez told the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday, and it's unclear whether fares will be part of the fix.

The projected gap is more than three times as large as the budget problem forecast a year ago. Transit officials could implement cost-savings plans or roll out revenue enhancements in the weeks leading up to April 15 when the T's annual budget is due to completed for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

"Some of these things are actually structural, and they've been in place from before. And what we're going to do in this budget cycle is take a look at all the things we can do to improve not only productivity but also ways to reduce overall spending," Ramírez told reporters. He said, "My goal is to have our spending rate always be below the revenue growth rate."

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