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MBTA reports ridership is up despite fare increase

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 4, 2012 04:05 PM

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The MBTA is reporting that ridership is up, despite the fare increases raised last month.

According to a press release, ridership is up for the 18th time in 19 months, with weekday ridership for August increasing by 1.2 percent (over August 2011). An average of 1.256 million passengers ride the train per weekday.

Analysts had predicted over a 5 percent drop in ridership following fare increases, which were implemented on July 1, yet that has been far from the case.

Although ridership in July fell one-tenth of one percent, and bus weekday ridership has decreased .6 percent, Green Line subway and trolley use grew by 2.7 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

Additionally, commuter rail ridership increased by 1.4 percent.

Ridership levels will continue to be monitored as time passes, Transportation Secretary and MassDOT CEO Richard Davey said in a release, before any concrete judgment is passed on fare increases.

“Regardless…the robust demand for public transit is a clear sign that we need to maintain a strong transportation system in the Commonwealth,” he said.

While the MBTA may be out of the woods for a short period of time, officials did note that they are undergoing long-term planning for the state’s transportation, per legislation passed in August.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is hosting a series of 15 public meetings throughout the state to gain ideas on improving and paying for the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Representatives from each division of MassDOT, including RMV, highway, aeronautics, and MBTA, plan to be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Meetings started in late September, but will continue through November.

On Nov. 8, MassDOT will come to Quincy High School from 6 to 8 p.m. for the discussion.

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For a full chart of ridership levels, click here.

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