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MBTA's ridership grew 5.7 percent in FY2012


Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) ridership in fiscal-year 2012 surpassed the 400 million mark.

Average weekday ridership for the year, which ended June 30, jumped 5.7 percent compared with the previous fiscal year, MBTA officials said in a blog posted on a Massachusetts’ government website.

An average 1.31 million passenger trips were taken per weekday, the first time that daily ridership averaged more than 1.3 million for a fiscal year, the blog states.

By category, subway ridership rose by 5.2 percent, trolley ridership was up by 8 percent and bus ridership grew by 5.9 percent.

MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis attributed the unprecedented ridership levels to the state’s economic growth, lower unemployment rates, improved service reliability and the availability of real-time information for riders.

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