METRO ridership reaches its high in April
PHOENIX — METRO light rail has achieved record ridership in April with the most riders in one month, in one day and the highest average weekday ridership since the system’s opening in December 2008.
METRO served 1,208,924 total riders in April 2010, resulting in an average weekday ridership of 44,932, average Saturday ridership of 34,533 and average Sunday and holiday ridership of 20,573. These numbers break the previous record set in March 2010 that saw ridership of 1.16 million and an average weekday of 41,413. 2010 ridership is accelerating past totals achieved in 2009.
METRO also received its highest ridership day on record with 55,679 riders on Monday, April 5, 2010, the date of the Arizona Diamondbacks 2010 season home opener.
Complete ridership information, including a comparison of 2009 vs. 2010 ridership, is available online at www.metrolightrail.org, click on “Newsroom.”
METRO is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system. The first 20-mile light rail line opened Dec. 27, 2008 and served 11.3 million riders in 2009, exceeding all first-year ridership projections. METRO will continue to refine its 20-mile operation, while also planning for 37 miles of future extensions.
That is great that the rail numbers are taking off. I’m from Detroit and there is a big grant going through that will give us some light rail between Detroit and the Suburbs. I hope our rail is just as successful.
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Gary Miljour says
Great Information. I was a very big skeptic at first that it would be one of those tax payer flops, but I was wrong. I think the light rail has found a market here in the valley. Thanks for sharing.
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Rail Life says
Gary, I think a lot of people thought it would be a flop, some still do.
It has been fun to watch the changes in some of the areas surrounding the line and it has been fun to follow the story.
Thanks for stopping by…
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Steve Scheer says
Nick, This has really taken off for your city with such numbers. I may have to take a peek at our numbers here and see what kind of growth we had in the same amount of time. I am sure the numbers are somewhat similar, there seems to always be plans to expand.
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Rail Life says
Thanks for stopping by Steve! It would be cool to hear about the numbers in Denver. From what I have heard, it is quite popular…
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Chris L says
I live in Norfolk, VA, where our LRT (The Tide) is running hundreds of millions over cost and about a year behind schedule. It will only be a 7-mile “starter line”, with neighboring Virginia Beach getting ready to add another 12 miles towards their new Town Center and the resort/oceanfront area. I only hope its as successful here as yours seems to have been.