The Associated Press

MBTA Ridership Up By 5 Percent

BOSTON — Surging gas prices and a recovering economy have helped drive MBTA ridership up by 5 percent in March when compared to the same month last year.

It’s the largest jump in more than two years.

T officials say the subway, bus system and commuter rail had an average of 1.3 million passenger trips each week during the month.

The biggest growth was on the subway, where ridership grew by more than 7 percent.

State transportation officials tell The Boston Globe that slight increases in traffic on Boston area highways and in the tunnels leading to Logan Airport are also indicators of a recovering economy.

Ridership on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority last grew at least 5 percent over the previous year in October 2008.

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