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Metro

Despite fare increase, MBTA’s popularity rising

Despite cuts to service and a systemwide fare increase that took effect in July, ridership on the T grew in August, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which released the monthly figures Sunday.

On an average weekday, 1.256 million trips were recorded during the month, or roughly 1.2 percent more than were recorded in August 2011. The spike bucked analysts’ forecasts that ridership would decline by as much as 5.5 percent following the fare hikes, according to the MBTA.

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