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Low gas prices, economy blamed as T ridership declines
By Globe Staff
The MBTA, which saw a string of ridership increases last year when gas prices spiked, recorded a second straight month of ridership declines in January, the authority has announced.
Average weekday ridership was 1.19 million, a 2.9 percent drop from the previous January. Ridership in December also declined 1.5 percent. Before that, the T had seen 11 straight months of increases.
T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a recent statement that the likely causes of the January decline included a decline in gas prices (they're about half of what they were in July), increasing unemployment, and the struggling economy.