Ridership on MBTA sets record in 2008
BOSTON -- Boston-area commuters took to trains, trolleys and buses in record numbers last year.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency says the transit system recorded an average 1.28 million passenger trips on weekdays in 2008, the highest ridership total ever and a 4.3 percent increase over the previous year.
But there were signs of the upward trend reversing as the year came to a close.
In December, average weekday ridership declined 1.5 percent from the same month in 2007. Officials said the likeliest factors were falling gasoline prices and rising unemployment as the economy faltered.
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