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T reports continued surge in ridership

Public transit ridership in Boston continued to surge last month, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said today.

In October, 1.348 million passenger trips were made on average every weekday, up 3.2 percent over the same period the year before, Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis said in a statement.

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October’s numbers fell just short of September’s, when an 1.349 million trips were made on average every weekday -- the highest monthly levels ever.

The September-October ridership figures, combined, were the highest ever recorded for a two-month period by the T, the country’s fifth busiest public transportation system, officials said

Ridership grew on the Red, Orange, and Blue lines, as well as on the system’s bus lines, compared with the same period a year before, officials said. The bus system carried people on an average of 398,500 trips on weekdays. That was the highest level in nearly seven years, Davis said.

Throughout 2011, ridership has been higher than 2010 in 9 out of 10 months, he said.

The MBTA attributes the ridership growth to a rebounding economy and employment levels, as well as new technologies that enable riders to track train and bus locations in real time, Davis said.

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