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.
South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation posted on Jan 31
The South Station Expansion project is about improving transportation service through more train tracks and redesigned platforms; upgraded switches, signals, and other infrastructure; and new passenger amenities. The proposed expansion will protect and prepare the station for future demand as other efforts have done over …Continue Reading South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation
New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set posted on Jan 29
MassDOT is conducting a study of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Corridor, a bridge that spans New Bedford Harbor. The swing bridge connecting the communities of New Bedford and Fairhaven is functionally obsolete, constrains marine traffic, and its opening results in extensive vehicle delays. This study …Continue Reading New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set
Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open posted on Jan 28
The statewide travel ban has been lifted as of midnight. Motorists, especially those in the City of Boston and Eastern counties, are asked to use caution as MassDOT crews continue to plow and clear state roadways and ramps. Parking bans are still in effect in …Continue Reading Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open