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By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 12, 2018.....As supporters of the public bus system in her hometown worry about a "death spiral" in services, Senate President Harriette Chandler said Monday the Senate's budget will attempt to address the funding crunch for regional transit authorities.

Chandler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday heard a presentation on funding for regional transit authorities (RTAs) from Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack a day after the Amalgamated Transit Union spread word of a March 20 rally "against the level-funding of the 15 Regional Transit Authorities in Massachusetts" in Worcester.

According to ATU Local 22, the funding level proposed by Baker in his fiscal 2019 budget proposal would cause a "devastating and crippling loss to public transit across the state," especially, Worcester, Springfield and the Merrimack Valley. The union said a "death spiral is likely to occur" in Worcester if the RTA there is funded at Baker's proposed level.

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