After disruption during construction and disagreement over its need, there’s little debate the Metro Transit’s Green Line is off to a successful launch. That’s thanks to strong ridership from people like Melanie Wayne. She brought her girls down from Ham Lake for a light rail excursion.
Metro Transit officials said Wednesday that in the first half of the year there have been nearly 40 million riders on buses and trains, up less than one percent from this time last year. Officials said there have been 312,000 more rides than last year so far.
More than 81 million customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains in 2012 – an increase of 165,044 rides over 2011.
State officials say motorcycle ridership in Minnesota is at a record high level.
For only the second time in 30 years, Metro Transit ridership has hit nearly 81 million in 2011.
More people are avoiding high gas prices and jammed freeways by jumping on buses and trains.
By the end of the year, Northstar’s ridership is expected to be 15 to 20 percent behind expectations and Metro Transit says it is partly to blame on high unemployment.