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Two weeks of free rides on Fairmont line begin Monday

Congressman Michael Capuano is footing the bill for commuters on the Fairmount line for two weeks.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Congressman Michael Capuano is footing the bill for commuters on the Fairmount line for two weeks.

Starting Monday, riders can take the Fairmount commuter rail line anywhere between Readville and South Station without cost for two weeks.

Who’s footing the $53,000 bill? US Representative Michael Capuano, who represents the area covered by the line, is paying for the rides out of his campaign coffers.

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“It is unusual, but I’m always looking for ways to help my constituents. I can’t think of a better way to use my money,” Capuano told the Globe in April.

State transportation officials said in a prepared statement that they hoped the program would draw more riders to the often-overlooked route, which runs from Readville to South Station by way of Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester.

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“The MBTA hopes this two-week period showcases the Fairmount Line as an excellent option for travel within the Fairmount corridor communities, to and from downtown, and as a connection to other MBTA services,” according to a T statement.

A Globe Spotlight investigation found that Capuano received donations from Thornton Law Firm, which is under investigation for reimbursing lawyers and their spouses for political contributions.

Capuano is one of two politicians who have not returned the funds in question, although his spokeswoman had previously said he would donate the money to the MBTA.

Nicole Dungca of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com.
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