The increase to an average 1.369 million passenger trips per weekday comes in the third month since new fares took effect. Analysts had projected the new fares would result in a 5.5% decrease in passenger trips.
Bus weekday ridership increased by 2.3% and subway ridership grew by 3%. Commuter Rail average weekday ridership decreased by 0.2%, a smaller decline than expected. Ridership on the RIDE decreased by 15.2%.
Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis said the September numbers are encouraging because the month is more typical of regular MBTA ridership with schools back in session and summer vacations over.
Davis said MBTA staff will continue to evaluate ridership levels in the coming months before making a final judgment on the effects of the fare increase, but he said the data suggests many people still consider the MBTA an affordable and convenient choice. Check out MBTA Fares today.
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting