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MBTA ridership hits record high

MBTA ridership hit record numbers and pushed past several of its own high marks this fiscal year.

Despite a looming debt and budget gap, and several recent train breakdowns, MBTA ridership increased nine out of 12 months this year.



Including the last eight months in a row, according to an MBTA spokesman.



Specifically, the MBTA is touting it’s increased ridership on the SilverLine, which sky-rocketed during weekend hours in the last six months, according to a spokesperson.



Ridership went up 60 percent on Saturdays and nearly 15 percent on Sundays.



Even the weekday commuter use saw a slight jump in riders going up nearly 6 percent.



The T is considering increasing services staring in December, if money permits, by adding buses and operators at varying times to accommodate the uptick in commuters.





MBTA Highlights



- Fourth quarter ridership increased by 4.6 percent, compared to the same time last year, and totaled 1.3 million unlinked passenger trips per weekday.



- Fiscal 2011 system-wide ridership increased by 2.1 percent.



- Fiscal 2011 ridership for heavy rail increased by 4.8 percent over FY10 and totaled 155 million unlinked passenger trips for the year



- Weekend ridership went up with the average Saturday and Sunday subway ridership at their highest levels since the CharlieCard system was implemented in 2007.



-The fastest growing line was the Orange Line, and the Red Line had substantial growth as well.



- Orange Line weekend ridership increased after SPTO (Single Person Train Operation) was implemented in June 2010.



*According to the MBTA

 
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