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With new stations, schedules, and fares, T looks to boost ridership on Fairmount Line

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 9, 2013 09:06 AM

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Two new stations serving the Fairmount commuter rail line were recently opened by the MBTA, the Boston Globe reported.

Part of the T’s $200 million Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project, Newmarket Station, adjacent to the South Bay Mall, and the Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Station in Dorchester, are now ready for riders.

Another station, the last of the four new stations, is expected to be constructed on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. The Talbot Avenue Station in Dorchester was opened in November.

The T is also trying to boost ridership along the 9.2-mile line with schedule changes and a reduction in fares.

The cost of a ride from Fairmount Station in Hyde Park to South Station has been lowered from $5.50 to $2, but a trip from Readville in Hyde Park to South Station will, however, remain at $6.

Daily trips will also be increased from 28 to 40.

Currently the 9.2-mile railway, which runs from South Station to Hyde Park, cutting through Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, has the lowest ridership of all the commuter lines.

To read more about changes to the line via the Boston Globe, click here.

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