The MBTA is offering a summer weekend discount for commuter rail riders

–Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/file

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston-area transit system is offering a weekend discount on commuter trains this summer in a bid to boost ridership during a normally slow period.

The $10 pass will offer unlimited rides on commuter rail for a weekend. The program was approved Monday by the governing board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It starts June 9 and runs through Labor Day weekend.

Officials hope the discount will help fill seats on trains that are sometimes largely empty. The Boston Globe reports that the system provides about 120,000 passenger trips on weekdays. On Sundays, that number is below 10,000.

Officials also think the program will benefit coastal communities by attracting more tourists without increasing vehicle traffic.

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