BOSTON (AP) — The state is reducing fares for the MBTA's door-to-door paratransit service known as The Ride.

The board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation voted unanimously on Wednesday to reduce the cost from $4 to $3 for most users, starting in early January.

Groups representing seniors and people with disabilities had been fighting for a rollback of fares on The RIDE since they were doubled by the MBTA from $2 to $4 last year, while overall fares on the T were increased by an average 23 percent.

The groups staged protests, including using their wheelchairs to block traffic in front of the Statehouse earlier this year.

The MBTA says it has subsidized nearly the entire cost of The RIDE in past years, leaving it with no choice but to raise fares.