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Struggling T May Be Stuck With Reduced Ridership

Ridership has rebounded differently across different modes of transport on the MBTA. Rail, which covers the four main subway lines, has lagged the most and was just a bit more than half of pre-pandemic levels in the first two quarters of fiscal 2023, while commuter rail ridership in that span surpassed both the moderate and pessimistic projections. [MBTA]

MBTA officials are weighing whether persistent reduced ridership warrants a more pessimistic fare revenue projection in the upcoming budget, and one overseer thinks the sluggish outlook might just be "the new normal."

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