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Despite fare increase, MBTA's popularity rising

By Matt Byrne and Katherine Landergan, Boston Globe

Despite cuts to service and a systemwide fare increase that took effect in July, ridership on the T grew in August, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which released the monthly figures Sunday. On an average weekday, 1.256 million trips were recorded during the month, or roughly 1.2 percent more than were recorded in August 2011. Read more at