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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board yesterday approved a $1.2 million, 12-month pilot program to add eight weekday trips to the Fairmount commuter-rail line in Boston.
Beginning in May, the agency will add four inbound trains at Readville Station and four outbound trains leaving South Station.
With the improved service levels, the agency estimates 400 daily riders will shift from local bus to commuter-rail service, MBTA officials said in a press release.
To measure the success of the added service, MBTA will collect ridership data and analyze travel-time savings for bus riders that transition to the Fairmount Line. The agency also will analyze passenger comfort, crowded conditions, on-time performance and safety.
Additionally, the pilot will entail installation of new fare validators at eight station platforms on the Fairmount Line's Zone 1A segment. Riders will be able to tap their CharlieCard payment card on a validator to receive a receipt to show a conductor once onboard the train. The ticket also allows a free bus transfer.