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T Ridership Jump; Cambridge Crime Nosedive

HUB-WIDE—Ridership was up despite fare hikes: "Last year, 400 million people rode the T, a 2.3 percent increase over 2011. The increase defies the expectations of some analysts, who predicted ridership would decrease by as much as 5.5 percent once the fare increases were implemented." [Boston.com]
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CAMBRIDGE—The city's violent crime has hit what may be an astounding 44-year low: "Cambridge registered the lowest number of violent crime last year than has ever been recorded in the 44 years of collecting data, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas announced..." [Chronicle]