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MBTA officials report 2.3 percent ridership increase in 2012

Fare hikes, service cuts didn't seem to sway T riders last year.

Despite fare increases, cuts in service and scores of constantly dissatisfied customers, the MBTA today reported that nearly 400 million people rode the T in 2012.

System-wide ridership for the year was 2.3 percent higher than 2011, according to T officials.

When the fare increase was first proposed, analysts projected a ridership decrease of as much as 5.5 percent. Last year marked the first time that average daily ridership was above 1.3 million for an entire calendar year.

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