MBTA Ridership Has Slight Uptick in 2012

Ridership aboard the MBTA went up by 2.3 percent system-wide in 2012 despite a mid-year fare hike.

Ridership was up on the MBTA in 2012.

According to figures released by MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott on Thursday, 400 million riders took trips on the MBTA in 2012, which is good for a 2.3 percent increase over ridership in 2011.

Analysts projected ridership would decrease by 5.5 percent once the June increase took effect, but just the opposite occurred, according to a statement from Scott which accompanied the figures.

Also, this was the first time that average daily ridership was above 1.3 million for an entire calendar year, Scott said.

Overall MBTA ridership, which includes the subways, commuter rails, buses, private buses and the RIDE service, as increased each year since 2009, according to the figures.

Ridership in 2012 went up 2.6 percent on "Heavy Rail" service, which includes the Red, Blue and Orange lines, the latter of which has stops in Charlestown.


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