MBTA extends $10 weekend fare
Nearly 82,000 tickets were sold over 13 weekends
THE MBTA SOLD nearly 82,000 of its $10 weekend commuter rail fares this summer and now plans to extend the deal into early December.
T officials said they were extending the experimental fare through the weekend of December 9 to better gauge its impact on revenues and ridership. The officials said service disruptions over the summer as the T installed a new system to prevent train collisions made it difficult to do apples-to-apples comparisons between this summer and last.
The T launched the $10 weekend fare on June 9 as an attempt to fill seats on trains that rend to ride at nearly empty levels on weekends. The agency hoped the lower fare would prompt suburbanites to use the train to come into Boston for events and spur Boston residents to travel by rail to the beach or other suburban destinations.The fare allowed riders to pay $10 and travel as many times as they want on Saturday and Sunday. On many commuter rail routes, the $10 weekend fare costs less than the price of one roundtrip. The $10 fare applies to passengers who are 12 or older; paying adults can bring along two children under 12 for free.
Lisa Battiston, a spokeswoman for the T, said the transit agency believes the program overall was positive on ridership and revenue. She also said it’s attracting people who don’t normally ride commuter rail. She said 54 percent of customers paying the $10 fare in August were not using the commuter rail on weekdays.