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MBTA pilot program to boost new commuter line

Fairmount rail fares slashed and more rides added

The MBTA is launching a months-long effort to study its newly revived Fairmount Commuter Rail Line to boost ridership and test whether it can help create jobs, housing, and economic vitality in the struggling Boston communities it serves.

Since the T completed a massive $200 million restoration of the route through neighborhoods including Mattapan and Dorchester, the Fairmount Line has struggled to increase ridership and build on the promise that it could be a business boon in the neighborhoods.

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