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MBTA sees record ridership in October

With the help of the happy throngs who flocked to Boston as the Red Sox made their improbable run to the championship, the MBTA set a record for ridership in October, officials said.

The T logged more than 36 million passenger trips on its subway, rail, bus and boat system, officials said. That was nearly a 3 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago and the highest monthly total ever, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a statement.

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T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said increased ridership is also often a sign of a strengthening economy and job market.

“The Sox weren’t the only Boston institution to have a terrific fall,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said. “Ridership on almost all modes increased, with particularly big jumps on the subway and buses.”

The subway carried 35,500 more passengers a day than in October 2012. Daily trips on buses grew by 22,100 passengers, MassDOT said.

“Whether it’s commuting to work or traveling to a Sox game, more and more people are relying on the MBTA,” said Scott. “This is why investing in public transportation is a critically important part of growing the economy.”

Fare revenue for the month saw a $3.1 million increase from October 2012, as the MBTA collected more than $51 million, Pesaturo said.

Pesaturo said the MBTA works hard to keep its aging system operating in a state of good repair. “Service that is reliable and convenient is a very attractive alternative to automobile travel,” he said.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson
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