By Robert Gates
MBTA commuter rail passengers were greeted with some changes on Tuesday, with July 1 marking the first day of higher fares along with a new rail operator.
Fares went up, on average, 5 percent. The one-way fare increase to and from Boston is 25 cents for most stations close to the city and 50 cents for outer stations.
The cost of a monthly pass went up from $9 to $17, depending on the zone. Prices are now $5.75 for Zone 1, which includes West Roxbury's three commuter rail stations: West Roxbury, Highland and Bellevue.
The subway fare and local bus fare also both went up, from $2 to $2.10 and $1.50 to $1.60, respectively.
A new operator for the commuter rail, Keolis Commuter Services, also took over on Tuesday. Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. had operated the trains for the T for the past 10 years, but lost out in the latest round of bidding to the French company, which was awarded an eight-year contract.