MBTA ridership continues to increase

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MBTA ridership continues to increase

Postby The EGE » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:25 pm

http://boston.com/metrodesk/2012/12/26/ ... story.html

MBTA ridership has increased for the 20th time in the last 22 months, Beverly Scott, the agency’s general manager, said.

November daily ridership increased by 1.3 percent compared with November of last year, and averaged 1.329 million passenger trips per weekday, Scott said in a statement.

“November continued the MBTA’s trend of modest ridership growth despite the fare increase implemented in July,” she said. “Prior to the fare increase, analysts had projected a decrease of up to 5.5 percent in system-wide ridership.”

Red, Orange, and Blue Line weekday ridership climbed by 5.6 percent last month and average weekday ridership on the commuter rail increased by 2.4 percent, Scott said said.

Average weekday ridership on buses and the Green Line decreased, by 1.6 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively, Scott said.

So despite the much maligned fare increase, ridership is still going up. If so,the MBTA's financial situation may improve slightly from what was expected. Hopefully the politicians will realize that this means that the MBTA is performing a vital service that deserves service increases, rather than using it to justify more cuts.

Just think - if we're seeing a 1.3% increase rather than a 5.5% decrease, then without the cuts we could be seeing more like a 7% increase.

The article says full 2012 numbers will be available at the end of next month. Hopefully a new Bluebook will come out soon as well - it's been over two years.
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