MA: T Ridership Soars

BOSTON (AP) -- MBTA officials say ridership on the system's buses, subway lines and commuter rail lines climbed last month to its highest level since September 2008.

General Manager Richard Davey says an average of 1.3 million passengers used the MBTA each weekday in April.

He tells The Boston Globe an improving economy with more people taking public transportation to get to work as well as gas prices that reached $4 per gallon contributed to the numbers.

The April numbers represent a slight increase over March.

Daily ridership has now grown in seven of the past 10 months.

The state's April jobless rate dropped to 7.8 percent, down from 8 percent in March.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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