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MBTA ridership rose despite 2012 fare hike

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Ridership on the MBTA ­increased 2.3 percent last year, with an average weekday ridership of 1.3 million, despite an ­increase in bus and train fares over the summer, T officials said Thursday. Analysts had predicted that ridership would drop by as much as 5.5 percent once fares increased. In fact, ridership continued to increase, even after the July 1 fare boost. Though overall ridership increased, trips taken on The Ride, the T’s door-to-door service for the disabled, decreased.

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