MBTA sees another surprise increase in ridership in September

Ridership on the MBTA increased by 1.5 percent to nearly 1.4 million passenger trips per weekday in September 2012, compared with the same period a year ago, the T announced today.

It was the second consecutive monthly increase, a surprising figure to MBTA analysts who expected a 5.5 percent decrease in passenger trips after fare increases were implemented in July.

The MBTA reported ridership increases in September of 2.3 percent on buses and 3 percent on subways. The Green Line saw a decrease of 1.2 percent. Weekday commuter rail ridership also slipped slightly, by 0.2 percent, the MBTA said. Ridership for The RIDE paratransit service decreased by 15.2 percent, the T said.

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Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis said numbers may have been boosted by schools being back in session.

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