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Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 19, 2012) Passenger boardings for the regional transit system are the highest-ever recorded at 7,080,564 monthly boardings surpassing record ridership in April 2009 of 6,649,206.
“Significant ridership increases are an indicator that passengers are finding greater value and convenience by using public transit to reach their local destinations,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO.
High ridership days on light rail are driven significantly by special events, such as the ASU vs. Oregon football game on October 18 that was the highest ridership day to date at more than 65,000 boardings. In October, light rail also experienced its highest Saturday ridership average in the system’s history.
Annual and monthly ridership reports are also available online at ValleyMetro.org.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent. Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.# # #
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