MBTA ridership dips only 0.1 percent after fare increase

MBTA ridership dipped only slightly in July despite the fare increases that went into effect last month, officials said.

Average weekday ridership in July on the public transit system was 1.285 million — 0.1 percent lower than July 2011, when 1.286 million riders were recorded.

The MBTA said analysts had predicted a 5.5 percent decline in ridership due to the fare hikes.

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Acting T General Manager Jonathan Davis said officials were pleased with the numbers for July but will continue to monitor ridership before making any final judgements on the effects of the fare increase.