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For Immediate Release: 08/29/2014
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MBTA Ridesrship Climbs Despite Fare Increse



BOSTON – Friday, August 29, 2014 – Despite a fare increase that took effect July 1st, the MBTA posted a sixth consecutive month of increased ridership.  With average weekday passenger trips of 1.219 million, July’s ridership was nearly 3% above figures for July of last year.   In the same month that fares rose by 5%, ridership on buses, subway trains, Commuter Boats, and Commuter Rail also increased.  In fact, MBTA Commuter Boats had their busiest month in two years with an average of 6,800 ferry riders each weekday.  “We also experienced robust ridership levels on weekends in July,” said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott.  Saturday ridership was 3.6% higher than July 2013, and Sunday ridership increased by 1.4%.

“Thanks to increased ridership in the second half of Fiscal Year 2014, fare revenue collections finished 2.1% above FY 2013,” said Dr. Scott, who reported nearly $624.4 million in revenue from fares in the fiscal year that ended June 30th.   “Combined with our cost-cutting initiatives, the increased fare collections resulted in overall revenues exceeding total expenses by $14.2 million in Fiscal Year 2014,” said Dr. Scott.  “That money goes directly into our Capital Maintenance Fund to help pay for much-needed repairs and upgrades to our aging infrastructure.”  Boston’s subway, America’s first, turns 117 years old on Monday, September 1st.

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