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MBTA to offer free trips to boost Fairmount Line ridership

The Fairmount Line is the only commuter-rail route that operates entirely within Boston.
Photo – MBTA


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) next week will offer free rides on the Fairmount commuter-rail line to attract new passengers.

From May 8 through May 21, the agency won't collect fares on the line, which runs from the Readville Station in western Boston to South Station in the city's downtown.

"This sponsored two-week period comes with the hope of highlighting the Fairmount Line as a convenient option for residents," agency officials said in a press release. "MBTA bus and subway options exist within the Fairmount corridor, but many members of the public may be unaware of the Fairmount Line and its station stops."

The only commuter-rail route that operates entirely within Boston, the Fairmount Line includes eight stations.

In January 2017, the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board approved a ninth station at Blue Hill Avenue in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood.

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