The Associated Press

MBTA Ridership Hits New High

BOSTON — There were more than 400 million individual rides on the MBTA during the last fiscal year for the first time in transit agency history.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority announced Tuesday that average weekday ridership for the fiscal year that ended June 30 grew by 5.7 percent over the previous year.

An average of more than 1.3 million people took the bus, train or trolley each weekday, the first time daily ridership averaged more than 1.3 million for an entire year.

The biggest jump was on buses, with a nearly 6 percent growth in ridership.

System-wide average weekday ridership for June increased by 1.5 percent over June 2011, the 17th consecutive month of growth.

General Manager Jonathan Davis credited the growth to an improving economy, real-time schedule information and service reliability.

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  • J__o__h__n

    This morning the silver line bus was delayed as one of the buses needed to be towed.  I know the green line was built a long time ago but the T’s usual excuse that they are the nations oldest subway is no excuse for single tracks for the redline and a single lane for the silver line. 

  • Jazziej65

    I want to know the MBTA’s plan for overcrowding. As it is, the Green Line during rush hour is impossible. Heck the Green line is always overcrowded. There isn’t enough room for all of these people on the trains. They need a plan to accommodate this many people, especially if these numbers increase. 

  • Guest

    They keep announcing the increase of riders but yet they increase
    the fares and decrease some service. Even the Commuter Rail has been having a
    lot of delays this week. What are we doing to improve the services? I seen
    parent struggle this summer to provide bus passes and bus fare for their child(ren)
    to get back and forth to camp this summer. They should have a student rate
    during the summer. I myself had to but and $173 Commuter Rail pass for myself
    and $70 pass for my child and go half on my god child’s for the summer months. Will
    they MBTA be extending their hours because the city with the high fares running
    longer them 12:30/1am. 

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