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Maryland Transit Administration
MTA ridership drops as fare increase looms
MTA ridership drops as fare increase looms

Fewer commuters in Maryland chose public buses and trains last fiscal year than in each of the three years prior, adding pressure to an already beleaguered Maryland Transit Administration just as it prepares to saddle frustrated riders with a fare increase. Ridership in fiscal year 2014, which ended in June, fell by a combined 4.6 percent compared with the year before across all of the MTA's major modes of transit, including Metro, light rail and MARC trains. It fell most precipitously — by nearly 5.7 percent and more than 4 million riders — on local buses in the Baltimore region, the agency's most heavily used service. While agency-wide ridership has rebounded some...