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MBTA orange line train copy2MBTA daily ridership reached what is believed to be its highest level in the modern record-keeping era in September.

System-wide average weekday ridership for September totaled 1.349 million unlinked passenger trips per weekday in September, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to September 2010. 

The Red and Orange lines saw heavy ridership growth, including the highest average weekday ridership levels recorded since the introduction of the CharlieCard system in 2007. 

Average weekday ridership has been higher in 8 of 9 months in 2011 compared to the same month in 2010.  Ridership on all MBTA bus, subway, rail, and commuter boat services has grown for four consecutive quarters.

MBTA Acting GM Jon Davis says the ridership increases are due to growth in the Massachusetts economy and job market along with the increasing popularity of real-time smart phone apps making it easier for people to use the bus and subway systems.

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