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Charlotte, Dallas-area agencies record all-time-high passenger counts

Two more transit agencies have posted ridership records.

The Charlotte Area Transit System's LYNX Blue Line, which opened last November, helped the agency shatter last year's ridership record. During fiscal-year 2008, the agency posted a 17.4 percent ridership increase compared with FY2007.

CATS recorded 2.8 million trips on the Blue Line last year, with average weekday ridership totaling 14,147 — far exceeding the first-year daily ridership estimate of 9,100 passengers.

Meanwhile Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) posted monthly record ridership in June, recording 10.3 million trips on its trains, buses and HOV lanes, just beating the May ridership record of 10.28 million trips.

Both DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) — which DART operates in conjunction with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority — recorded all-time-high average weekday ridership. DART's weekday light-rail ridership totaled 69,861, a 14.2 percent increase compared with June 2007, and TRE's weekday commuter-rail ridership totaled 11,105, a 19.8 percent increase.

For the entire month, DART Rail carried 1.7 million passengers, up 13.6 percent, and TRE carried 251,522 riders, up 17 percent year over year.

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